Consent and Sexual Violence Workshop Pilot

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University Of Manchester Students Union

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Why is this important?

We believe that everyone has the right to live, work and study in an environment free from fear of sexual harassment or violence and we want to make our campus a safe and supportive environment for all. We are committed to this for our students and working in partnership with Greater Manchester Police, Manchester Students Union and a local charity called Odd Arts, we are piloting an innovative and engaging workshop on consent and sexual violence for our students.

What is it?

The workshop is a 90-minute session delivered by trained facilitators and actors. The first half is dedicated to a workshop on sexual consent and the second half is a forum theatre piece about a survivor’s experience of sexual violence.

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The workshop will involve discussion and theatre content on consent, rape and sexual assault. In the second half we show you a short forum theatre piece which has been written in consultation with survivors of sexual assault and rape. Whilst there is no direct depiction of rape the content is hard-hitting and authentic. The piece is intentionally as honest as possible and looks at the issues in a frank and unflinching way, which includes some explicit language and sexual references.

What is forum theatre?

Forum theatre is designed to provoke an immediate reaction, a desire to take action and intervene. From a place of seeing unfairness and wanting to change things, you as the audience will be given the opportunity to both witness and explore new possibilities and practice positive intervention. Forum theatre allows the audience to engage and influence the performance, with the power to stop and change and the performance. This gives you the opportunity to learn about and practice active bystander intervention skills, where you identify that someone’s behaviour is inappropriate, and you address this in a safe way through a number of different techniques.

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If you have ever experienced sexual violence or you think you will not be comfortable with the content, there is no requirement to attend a workshop. You can still, of course, attend if you would like and there will be people you can speak to for support should you need it. If you have ever experienced sexual violence, there are lots of places that you can seek support both within the University and locally in Manchester and you can see more details of this here.

Why should I go?

The aims of the pilot are:

· To increase your understanding of consent, rape and sexual assault

· To increase your knowledge of how to get help and support

· To increase your knowledge and understanding of being an active bystander

Who are Odd Arts?

Odd Arts is a Manchester Charity, formed in 2004. They specialise in delivering theatre-based programmes and workshops aimed at addressing contentious and complex issues. They have many years’ experience delivering high-profile and successful theatre-based programmes addressing issues such as: Stop & Search; Knife Crime; Child Sexual Exploitation; Identity and Belonging; Islamophobia. This is why the University has chosen to work with Odd Arts to deliver this pilot.

When is it happening?

The workshops will be piloted at the following times in Week One of term

Monday 23rd September – Friday 27th September

· 1-2.30pm, The Theatre, Students’ Union

· 2.30-4pm, The Theatre, Students’ Union

· 5-6.30pm, John Hartshorne Lecture Theatre, Hulme Hall

· 6.30-8pm, John Hartshorne Lecture Theatre, Hulme Hall

NB. There are no afternoon sessions running on Wednesday 25th September.

How to sign up?

Sign up to the session that works best for your timetable at this link, but you can also just turn up on the day.

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