We asked York students whether consent classes should be compulsory
Lots of people were reluctant to answer
Debates about consent classes were sparked at Universities all over the country last week, after Warwick student George Lawlor said he didn’t need consent lessons as he doesn’t have to be taught to not be a rapist.
The University of York don’t currently offer any mandatory consent classes, but many colleges showed the ‘Tea Consent’ video at their welcome talks this freshers week.
We asked students what they really thought about the idea of holding mandatory consent classes for students at the University.
Joe, History, third year
Helen and Chris, Chemistry, third year
Hayley, Politics with International Relations, second year
Julia, Human Rights, postgrad
George, History, third year
Stephen, Maths, second year
James, Maths, second year
Sam, Politics, third year
Harry, Politics, third year
Molly and Arabella, English, first year
“Yes, because when we had a talk about consent during Freshers, everybody still thought it was a joke – and because we shouldn’t have to have a safe word when we go out at night.”