What is ConSenT John’s?
ConSenT John’s is a campaign launched by the St. John’s JCR to educate Johnians about sexual consent.
We want people to TALK about the issue, understand the importance of getting consent and, most importantly, work together to ensure John’s has a zero tolerance policy for sexual assault.
Expect to see mythbusters, instagram takeovers, workshops, stash and free events!
Whilst sexual assault is a serious issue, we hope everyone can get involved in the campaign and enjoy what we have got in store for you…
In addition, we will be raising money for Cambridge Rape Crisis; a centre which offers support to women and girls who have experienced rape, childhood sexual abuse or any other form of sexual violence
What is consent?
Consent is the active and willing agreement to participate in sexual activity.
It means that all parties have the freedom and capacity to make the choice.
Sex without consent isn’t sex; it is rape.
Any unwelcome behaviour of a sexual nature without consent (or by force) is sexual harassment.
Why is it so important?
It may be easy to think that this campaign doesn’t directly apply to you, but in reality, understanding sexual consent is relevant and extremely important to everyone.
1. Sexual harassment is common in Cambridge
It may be hard to believe that one of the best university’s in the world still has a problem with sexual assault and harassment.
77% of Cambridge University students have experienced sexual harassment and 30% have experienced sexual assault.
So even if it hasn’t happened to you, it may have happened to one of your friends. Therefore it is VITAL that we promote consent to prevent more people being affected by sexual assault.
2. Rapists are rarely evil men hiding in bushes or dark alleys
97% of survivors of sexual assault knew their attackers before the attack.
This means that a lot of the time, the victim is less likely to feel like a victim because their perpetrator is a friend, or even partner.
It means that perpetrators often do not fully understand the consequences of their actions.
And, it means that perpetrators can continue to sexually assault people they know, without anyone batting an eyelid.
3. Rape and sexual assault can happen to anyone…
..regardless of sexual orientation, gender, age, appearance.
We need to educate people about sexual assault to prevent it from happening, and the best way to start is by talking about CONSENT.
The dreary truth is that victims cannot prevent sexually assault. Only the perpetrator can.
I hope this campaign will prevent sexual assault affecting any more people at John’s, now and for all future generations.
Please feel free to contact me (email@example.com) for any questions, thoughts, queries or ideas.
SJC Women’s Officer