“We are hurting, we are angry and we are done waiting” Students Against Sexual Violence group releases booklet and initiates a call to action.

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Warning: The booklet this post links to goes in-depth on a potentially traumatic subject – sexual violence. Personal stories, statistics, & ways of helping sexual violence survivors are included. The unfortunate reality is that virtually all of us will encounter someone affected by this, so I believe people need to know about this.

I would advise taking your time in reading the booklet. There were many times when reading it where I just had to stop because I felt so dark & outraged at the institutional treatment of sexual violence survivors. Be prepared to face some uncomfortable truths.

To those who wrote this – thank you for the work you have done & for having the courage to voice this topic. As hollow as it may sound, I’m sorry for the immense bullshit you have had to experience.

I’m sorry I couldn’t be there for Friday’s rally. I can’t see myself doing much to support Students Against Sexual Violence Otago except share this so people can educate themselves on the topic, & to make it marginally harder for Otago University to silence this.

Students Against Sexual Violence, University of Otago

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 21st August, 2017

Contact: Kyra and Monique, co-founders of Students Against Sexual Violence svotago@gmail.com

Students Against Sexual Violence—Otago Uni is releasing a booklet about sexual violence in the student community, distributed throughout the Otago University Dunedin campus. The booklet covers a wide range of issues and highlights the institutional failings to properly deal with the issue of sexual violence. It is also available  through the group’s Facebook page: Students Against Sexual Violence – University Of Otago, https://www.facebook.com/SASVOtagoUni/  @SASVOtagoUni

Due to intimidation by the University, an article about sexual violence which was scheduled for publication on July 31 in Critic, Otago University’s independent student magazine, was unable to be printed. Students Against Sexual Violence—Otago Uni is releasing this booklet after multiple attempts to engage politely with their University in regards to sexual violence. After very few changes have been implemented by the University, and attempts to establish policies…

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