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Consent Training And Sexual Violence Prevention In UK Universities

This GenPol report suggests that 70 percent of UK female students and recent graduates have experienced sexual violence in their life. A stronger institutional commitment to consent training holds the key to ending sexual abuse in British universities. The study, carried out in collaboration with academics from the University of Cambridge, builds on focus groups and an online consultation of university staff, students, and trainers nation-wide.

It finds that students turn cynical towards consent teaching and lose motivation if they do not see their university truly committing to address abuse, and an institutional culture of sexual respect is not developed. Furthermore, the fragmentation of sexual violence reporting mechanisms and disciplinary procedures across British universities remains a key barrier to tackling harassment and assault on campus. 

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