Thank you for your question. SCA was actually founded by the VP Welfare, Sam Higman, 2 years ago when she was a student. I took over as President of Sexual Consent Awareness when she became a Sabbatical Officer. This is where the conversation started, and SCA has been running and I have been fighting for more sustainable and appropriate responses and policies to help survivors of sexual assault and rape before the current sabbatical team. Since then, it was my leading SCA and the committee that have ran the campaigns you see at the Students Union, and this was facilitated and supported by the current VP Welfare and previous President. SCA planned and implemented the all student survey, as well as the sports survey, all of which were led by myself and my committee. The student survey was planned from last March after SCA week, and I worked with our insight team, the advice centre, enabling and the incoming (at the time) sabbatical officers to formulate a comprehensive survey that you are seeing now, which would then be used to propose solutions to the University, which we are actually doing this week. This includes the proposal of a new reporting procedure. The report of this survey will be coming out mid to late march as well as our proposals. This conversation is NOT about 'taking credit'. SCA as a society is only as successful as it is because of our collaborations with other aspects of the university and the Union, other societys, other communities and working together to try and improve a situation. We all deserve credit for working together. The plans that you refer to have been ones that SCA (myself) and the current VP Welfare have worked on together. As a student, naturally I do not have the power Isabella has and she is also very passionate about the cause. My plans on building on this are already happening, as we have talks with the university to propose new things to the university council. This includes a new and improved reporting system, bringing in ISVA's (independent sexual violence advisors), a sexual violence counsellor, and a new online interim therapy that students and survivors can access while they are on waiting lists for outside therapy. I have also since been working with another medicine student to implement a pilot of consent workshops across the medicine faculty, as well as planning and leading the Union activities surrounding awareness, education and highlighting support services for survivors from different backgrounds and have different needs. I hope this answered your question, and I am ever grateful to everyone who has worked with myself and SCA and been supportive, constructive and professional in making our university a better place.
This question was also only asked to LauraAnswered by Laura on 21/02/19 10:37