For our first client in the education sector we travelled to Middlesbrough College to deliver talks to a wide range of students on victim blaming, rape culture, spiking and how to be an effective ally to these situations in a college setting and wider society alike. We encouraged the students to reflect on their current social lives, acknowledging that they may be experiencing drinking and the night time economy for the first time. We emphasised how important it is to be able to identify issues they or their friends might face and how to intervene if something does happen.
We gave the students overt and covert techniques to intervene in situations that they may encounter both in the night time economy and at college. We put those techniques to practise by applying them to real life scenarios in group work and activities.
We delivered the session to students aged 16 and over from a wide range of courses including construction, public services and those who speak English as a second language. It was great to see the students having the confidence to draw on their own experiences to understand and acknowledge how these issues impact our society.
It was a pleasure to work with Middlesbrough College and great to see them taking these issues seriously. We have provided Middlesbrough College with posters to put around their campus outlining that they have a zero tolerance policy to victim blaming and other forms of inappropriate behaviour.