I would like RUSU to take a Zero Tolerance Stance on Sexual Harassment.|
Sexual harassment [defined as Any behaviour or action of a sexual nature that makes an individual (regardless of gender) feel uncomfortable is sexual harassment. This includes (but is not limited to): catcalling, wolf-whistling, sexual comments or jokes, offensive
gestures and groping.] is ever present at our university. It can affect anyone, however women, gender variant people and women who have sex with women are disproportionally affected by this and as a Union we must protect them. Sexual harassment can make people
feel disgusted, ashamed and fearful with many people unsure of what to do about it.|
By instating a policy against this, it will increase the safety of our students and show that RUSU will support them and take claims of sexual harassment seriously. A recent survey of our students showed that 64% of them would not know how to report and incident
and 1 in 2 students feel that our institution does not take sexual harassment seriously; this policy is needed to change this.|
If anyone is interested in the policy, please email email@example.com to request to see the draft.