DMU lights up the night in national #ItsNotOK2018 campaign

By Sophie Sandberg  

De Montfort University took a stand against sexual violence and abuse in a Light the Night event on Monday (Feb 5) as part of the national #ItsNotOK2018 campaign.

Staff and students were invited to walk in unity from the DMU campus to the city centre in a Light the Night event to raise awareness of sexual abuse and sexual violence.

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The walk was organised by representatives from the Students’ Union and the university’s Mandala Project as part of the national #ItsNotOK2018 campaign.

Head of the march, Vice President for Welfare and Community at De Montfort Students’ Union, Jessica Okwuonu, said: “Anyone can be a victim of sexual abuse and sexual violence, and as a community, we need to stop the victim blaming and start looking out for each other.

“We need to come together and change this culture and make the night safer for everybody.”

The initiative aimed to raise awareness of sexual abuse and sexual violence during Sexual Abuse and Sexual Violence Awareness Week (February 5 -11).

Many of the people who took part in the march believe that events like these are crucial to make everyone aware of this important and growing problem of sexual abuse in our society.

“Today is all about raising awareness and create a community where there is space for people to talk about these types of issues that you might experience while at university,” said Anona Robson, a lab technician at DMU who took part in the march.

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The participants in the Leicester march were encouraged to wear an ‘I Love Consent’ T-shirt and donations could be made to Rape Crisis Leicester during the march.

Amongst those attending, some representatives of various societies and sports clubs showed their support for the march. The DMU Falcons American football team were in attendance, as well as societies including the Salsa Society, and the Cocktail Society.

“We can all make the streets of Leicester, our community, such a better place so, speak up, stand out and don’t be a bystander,” said Gage Holland, DMU student and LGBTQ+ Students’ Representative at De Montfort Students’ Union, outside Leicester Town Hall.

 

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