Posted on 30 January 2023
Sexual Abuse and Sexual Violence Awareness Week is a national event to raise awareness of sexual abuse and violence and to provide an opportunity for discussion of the issues. It's held annually in the first full week of February.
We're proud to mark our commitment to raising awareness by presenting a full programme of events here at the University.
Monday 6 February, 3pm - 4pm
Our Sexual Violence Liaison Officers (SVLOs) play a really important role in our approach to tackling sexual violence - come along to meet them and find out more about what they do.
The SVLOs will also be sharing information about the work they do and the services available on their Instagram channel.
Monday 6 February, 5.30pm
This event allows us all to stand in solidarity with survivors of sexual abuse.
Thursday 9 February 10am
This will be a unique and important opportunity for our students and staff to engage with the Commissioner, and share their view.
Thursday 9 February 6:30pm
York Sport Union in collaboration with the University's Sexual Violence Liaison Officers will be providing a one-off educational screening of Netflix's documentary film Athlete A. The film details the first hand account of those who were sexually assaulted and abused by USA Gymnastics team doctor Larry Nassar, and the prevailing investigation and trial, as well as the pursuit of justice of those who enabled him.
This is a free event, hosted in the Piazza Lecture Theatre / PZA 103 on Campus East - booking required.
Saturday 11 February 11am
It's everyone's responsibility to get a relay baton around a relay race, much like it is everyone's responsibility to tackle sexual violence in sport.
Starting and finishing at Greg's Place, this relay will be a 9km route covering both campuses - it is not designed to be a competition - there are no prizes or medals, and all participants should take the event at their own pace. Teams can be made up of up to nine people.
This event will also need marshals and volunteers to help out.
In 2021, we worked with students and staff to launch our Sexual Violence Action Plan. Since then, we have made real progress on this issue including funding additional specialist staff, improving reporting mechanisms, and introducing new training.