“NUS Women’s Campaign have launched the I Heart Consent campaign. It aims to facilitate positive, informed and inclusive conversations about sexual consent in universities across the UK.
RUSU recognises that sexual consent as a concept is not explored as a key theme in mainstream sex and relationship education. One of the consequences of this is that consent is often not communicated as an essential part of all sexual interactions.
The word ‘consent’ is defined in the Sexual Offences Act 2003. ‘A person consents if she or he agrees by choice, and has the freedom and capacity to make that choice.’ The essence of this definition is that consent is arrived at autonomously. It is also important to understand that consent while in a relationship is just as important as consent outside of a relationship.
As a union, we want to adopt a zero tolerance policy to sexual harassment. We want to inform our members that ‘victim blaming’ and ‘rape culture’ is not acceptable, and that sexual activity without consent is a crime, where only the perpetrator can be blamed.
RUSU will be delivering I Heart Consent workshops and encouraging students to sign a pledge to the I Heart Consent campaign. We endeavour to deliver the workshops and the campaign to protect our students and to make sure that they feel safe.”