Despite NUS reports that one in four students experience some form of sexual violence during their time as students, few safe spaces exist for young people to talk openly about their experiences of sexual violence in their communities.
This project aims to equip students to explore innovative ways of communicating about sexual violence, with the understanding that increased communication will lead to both increased reporting and a reduction in instances of sexual violence.
The project will pilot a method for student-partners to encourage talk about sexual violence among their peers through digital storytelling.
The goal is not for students to discuss their own experiences of sexual violence, but to identify what makes talking about the topic so difficult and what might be done to encourage others to address the issue.
Student-partners will be mentored by project leaders and community partner practitioners. Practitioners will support student-partners them to identify themes, barriers to communication, and the effectiveness of their methods.
The project aims are:
- Increase discussion on campuses about sexual violence
- Equip student-partners to facilitate conversations around sexual violence and provide leadership both on campus and in their broader communities.
- Benefit community organisations from the information gained in the process of data collection, allowing them to think about ways which they can further support young people.
- Produce a transferable model for addressing difficult topics on university campuses through student-led innovations.