PAARRY - Political Action Against Rape Required Yesterday

The problem

Campaigners across the world have brought the issue of sexual misconduct into the spotlight in recent years, and it has become apparent that it is prevalent almost everywhere, including at Imperial. In 2016, in an institutional culture report about Imperial, researchers found that “Despite Imperial’s ‘no tolerance’ stance on harassment and bullying (…) women in particular reported being silenced in various ways.” 

Imperial College London is currently reviewing their policy for how sexual misconduct is dealt with in a designated working group, after having sought advice & recommendations from an external expert - a commendable step. However, student input on the developments in this working group is limited.

In November 2017 Felix brought an article that, among other things, highlighting that a person had been found in breach of Imperial’s sexual misconduct policy but allowed to remain in a position of authority within a society.  The Union’s policy has since been changed, with >95% of Union Council voting in favour of the rule changes. However, despite vigilant efforts, it was only in January 2019 that the new bye-law clauses were finalised, 14 months after the issue was initially raised. We must find a solution to prevent these delays.

We believe Imperial should have a campaign group dedicated entirely to raising awareness and ensuring that the student voice on this important issue is heard, while making the path from idea action easier - something that is clearly needed.

Aim

To develop a platform for Imperial students with a passion for combatting sexual misconduct to arrange awareness events, hold the College’s new disciplinary framework to account (once revealed), influence the adaptation of said framework for the Union, and get involved in the nation-wide debate.

Objectives

  • Arrange events across imperial to decrease prevalence and increase awareness of sexual misconduct on campus.
  • Ensure that the College’s new disciplinary framework has the student’s best interest in mind by creating a forum for students to discuss it and collectively campaign for changes.
  • Influence the adaptation of the College’s new framework into the Union.
  • Get involved in the nation-wide debate.

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