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Don’t Rape

O-Week campaigners at the University of Waikato are raising the awareness of young women regarding sexual assault.

The Campaign for Consent team are volunteers who, with the help of positive messages, are trying to prevent rape or sexual assault. The volunteers formed together after the Roast Busters case was revealed in Auckland, where youths sexually assaulted drunk underage girls and boasted about it online.

Campaign for Consent organiser Anjum Rahman said that “a lot of feeling” was publicised in the community regarding consent issues.

One of the main messages being distributed by the volunteers is positive communication, as in checking that your partner is comfortable and wanting to continue.

“We wanted to have positive messaging, because a lot of the messages are ‘don’t do this, don’t do that,’ and I think it doesn’t get through,” Miss Rahman said.

“It’s a time that’s traditionally associated with quite a high incidence of sexual assault…they’re going through a period of change, so people are more vulnerable,” Birthright and Link House manager Rebecca Fraser said.

Associate Director of Campus Operations at Victoria University, Rainsforth Dix, said that there are plans in place regarding student security during Orientation events.

“They include initiatives such as providing a safe room and delivering students back to their accommodation.”

“The information [about sexual assault] is reinforced by safety presentations given by the police and other agencies.”

Michelle Jordan-Tong, the University of Waikato’s Head of Student and Academic Services, said the more people that were educated about consent, the better.

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