Glasgow are running ‘pioneering’ sexual violence prevention workshops this week

Anyone is welcome to sign up

As part of Refresher’s Week, the SRC have joined forces with Rape Crisis Scotland and Glasgow Caledonian University to run three “pioneering” 90-minute workshops.

Back in October, the Tab started our Light Up Kelvin Way campaign to help prevent nighttime attacks in Kelvingrove Park and the surrounding area. Since then, 1,800 petition signatures later, the Hillhead Council are working on making the area safer for students.

Now, Glasgow University is pulling together as a collective body to help prevent such attacks, starting with these sexual violence prevention classes run by the SRC.

The classes ran in Freshers’ Week with positive feedback

It’s supposed to be informal and discussion-based, and has already been put into practice during Freshers’ Week when the respective groups of Freshers’ Helpers attended the classes. The feedback was very positive, so the SRC decided to make the classes available to the wider student body.

Second-year Ashleigh Hanna was a Freshers’ Helper for GUU and said: “I thought the classes were very, very useful, especially the stuff about people in relationships with victims of sexual violence – how to deal with depression and eating disorders etc.

“I never thought about how hard it would be for them and the class has come in very useful with giving friends and family in those situations and giving advice. Everyone should sign up to the classes if they can.”

The sessions will cover survivor focus, building a supportive community, consent, bystander intervention and where to find support; all important factors when dealing with sexual violence.

The three separate sessions will run today, tomorrow and Friday 2:30-4pm and you can sign up here.