Essay on Graduation Speech On Alcohol Awareness And Sexual Consent

1520 Words Oct 12th, 2016 7 Pages
Reminiscing about my fresher 's week last year, my personal highlights were getting to know the wonderful people in my staircase, signing up to dozens of exciting societies (many of which I would never actually attend) and going my first ever college Bop. I 'm sure that everyone would agree that when they saw their fresher 's week timetables, the mandatory talks on alcohol awareness and sexual consent were hardly the highlights. However, news this week that students around the country, including at Oxford, had been walking out of and/or protesting against sexual consent classes really shocked and upset me.

This year, for the first time ever, Freshers at every Oxford college will be told to attend mandatory sexual consent workshops as part of their fresher’s week. In previous years, it was at the college’s discretion whether they made students attend. This decision has caused much debate about the content of the workshops, how they are formatted and, most importantly, whether students should indeed by forced to attend them. In recent weeks, we have also seen similar scenarios at other universities, notably York where there was a mass student walkout in protest of being forced to attend sexual consent workshops.

I have heard several people complaining about these workshops. They claim that they are patronising and describe them as ‘how not to rape’ talks. This could not be further from the truth. Whilst the style and delivery of the workshops varies from college to college,…

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