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Sunderland students create short film on sexual consent and rape

Sunderland students

Sunderland students

SEXUAL consent and rape are the subjects of a powerful short film created by students at the University of Sunderland, aimed at protecting their peers.

Northumbria Police, the Sexual Assault Referral Centre (Sarc) and the University’s Health and Wellbeing team, opened up a project to students to raise awareness on issues surrounding consent and sexual assault, when “no means no”, in line with Government initiatives.

Academics from the Performing Arts department came up with the idea of a five-minute film, acted out by five groups of final year drama students, producing their own interpretation of the brief, in collaboration with first year media production students.

All five entries will be judged by a panel from Northumbria Police, the University and the Sexual Assault Referral Centre (Sarc), and the winner will be announced during a presentation at the university on Monday, May 19, where it will be screened.

Crime commissioner Vera Baird will open the event and present the awards after Northumbria Police, along with her Community Fund, which is funding the project. She said: “If through drink, someone does not have the capacity to decide whether they want to have sex or not, then having sex with that person is rape.

“Some young people may not have considered rape in this way, so it is crucial for people to understand that sex without consent is rape.”

The winner’s film will be produced as a DVD and distributed to Sunderland students, during events such as Freshers’ Week.

It is hoped the DVD will eventually be distributed to universities across the UK, as well as schools.

 

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