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Feminists raise awareness on campus

female_symbolTHE University of Wollongong’s Feminist Society is planning a campus-wide week of events to raise awareness about the pervasiveness of sexual assault, both on campus and in the community.

Called Consent Week, the event will promote “safe sex”— meaning not just protecting against sexually transmitted infections, but also making sure participants feel safe in sexual encounters.

Organiser Jessie Hunt said the issue of consent came up at the society’s first-ever meeting.

“We started talking about the fact that around one in five women will be sexually assaulted in her lifetime, and how alarming that statistic is…as we talked, we realised that consent is just left out of so many discussions about sex— consent doesn’t rate a mention in pornography, or in our high school health curriculums.”

The event will run from May 13 to May 16, featuring workshops run by UOW Feminist Society, Rape Crisis Centre, and senior law lecturer Julia Quilter.

The event will also boast the Consent Day Carnival, with show bags containing information about consent, condoms, dams and lubrication, as well as bands, free talks, booths with information on global consent campaigns, and even an ice-cream van.

About Mick Roberts

A newspaper journalist, writer and local historian, Mick Roberts specialises in Australian cultural history, particularly associated with the Australian hotel and liquor industry. Mick has had an interest in revealing the colourful story of pubs, inns and associated industries in the Sydney and Illawarra regions of NSW for over 30 years. He is currently working on a comprehensive history of the hotel and liquor industry in the Illawarra region of NSW. Besides authoring a number of history books, Mick has owned and operated several community newspapers. He was one time editor of the Wollongong Northern News, The Bulli Times, The Northern Times, The Northern Leader and The Local - all located in the Wollongong region. As a journalist he has worked for Rural Press, Cumberland (News Limted), Sydney based, City News, and is now with Torch Publications.

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