Enough is Enough Initiative

Check out how the academic year 2021-22 went for the Enough is Enough campaign. Read through our 2021-22 Annual Report now.

 

What is it?

Enough is Enough is a campaign which tackles issues around sexual and gender based violence. In the academic year 2013/14, a Union General Meeting motion was passed in support of the National Union of Students campaign ‘I heart consent’ which the SOAS Student Union team then developed into the ‘Enough is Enough’ campaign. In 2015/16 the SOAS Board of Trustees agreed to funding across 5 years for the SU to deliver mandatory consent workshops for all SOAS students. A total of £65,000 over 5 years was agreed to fund this work. We now provide consent workshops for all incoming students, and usually run a welfare contact program which trains people to be active bystanders and aim to create a consent culture on campus and beyond.

The campaign is responsible for: 

  • Raising awareness of SGBV on campus & educating students about consent 

  • Making the reporting systems and support available at SOAS accessible to those who need them

  • Understanding the structures that uphold a ‘rape culture’ and how this perpetuates SGBV on campus 

  • Giving students the tools to create a ‘consent culture’ on campus and in their lives off campus

 
  1. What do we do?

Consent Workshops:

The key piece of work carried out through the Enough is Enough campaign are workshops delivered during the Welcome period for all incoming SOAS students. These are peer-led sessions, with students trained as workshop facilitators, and students coordinating the programme delivery. The workshops aim to educate SOAS students on SGBV to develop a consent culture at SOAS with an understanding across all students of acceptable behaviour, of the procedures for reporting and sources of support. The workshops are designed to look at SGBV from an intersectional, survivor-centred perspective. 

 
  1. How can you get involved:

Fill out this sign up form to be put on our volunteer mailing list

Want to become a facilitator of our workshops?

Are you passionate about consent culture? Would you like to contribute to making SOAS a safer campus? Please contact Titha Ghosh (tg12@soas.ac.uk) for more information.

 

Email tg12@soas.ac.uk for any other general information

 

Your Support Options

  1. Survivor Consent Workshop

Survivor consent workshops run by Not The Only One

You can attend a survivor consent workshop instead of or in addition to the mandatory SU consent workshops. These are run in collaboration with the Student Union. They focus on exploring consent in a survivor-friendly way and providing a space to talk about what it means to us, how we can recognise when something is not consensual, and what we need from those around us.

 

These will be run in term 1 and 2 and you can sign up: https://forms.office.com/r/DcTBsgUwii

If you have any questions, please feel welcome to email: tg12@soas.ac.uk.

 

  1. Survivor Support Group

Not The Only One is providing a survivor support group in collaboration with the SU, starting this October. The survivor support group aims to create a space where survivors can come together, share experiences, and explore themes which affect us while also supporting and being supported by each other over an extended period. It is open to students of any gender who have experienced any form of sexual violence, including sexual abuse in childhood. 

 

The group is ideal for those who would like to have regular and continued support with the same group. It will be run by two trained group facilitators from Not the Only One and sessions will take place fortnightly on Wednesday evenings. We aim to run the sessions in person on campus and the venue details will be shared with you once you sign up.

 

To join the group or ask more questions, you can book a chat with the facilitators please fill:

https://forms.gle/BCgzcmnatgk3tFDF7

 

  1. Being a survivor at university workshops

These workshops explore different themes and issues that affect survivors at university in more depth and provide skills and support to respond. 

There are four workshops in term 2:

  • Being a survivor at university

  • Survivor study skills

  • Trauma informed movement and relaxation

  • Speaking about our experiences

 

If you have any questions, please feel welcome to email studentadviceandwellbeing@soas.ac.uk

 
  1. Survivor community spaces

The survivor community spaces are a space for you to come together for mutual support, to share experiences, or just to have a chat. They will be facilitated by two members of Not the Only One.

 

You can sign up to as many survivor community spaces as you’d like here:

https://forms.gle/BCgzcmnatgk3tFDF7 

 

If you have any questions, please feel welcome to email studentadviceandwellbeing@soas.ac.uk

 
  1. A bit about Not The Only One:

Not the Only One

Not the Only One is a unique initiative for students who have experienced sexual violence at any point in their life, including child sexual abuse. Their work is survivor-led and co-developed with students at a range of universities. This year at SOAS they are offering a series of events to support students. 

 

Each event is run in a small group and is facilitated by two members of their team, at least one of whom is a survivor. The events are open only to students who have experienced some form of sexual violence / abuse. This could have been non-physical, a one-time experience, or from a long time ago. It could also be something that has happened in different ways at different times. The events are confidential, and you can participate as much or as little as you want to. The facilitators will not ask you to discuss details about your experience(s). All genders and sexualities are welcome.

 
  1. Contact information within the SU: 

 

Contact: Advice Caseworker, Susanna Momtazuddin sm141@soas.ac.uk for general support and advice

Contact: Enough Is Enough Coordinator Titha Ghosh: tg12@soas.ac.uk for signposting to more resources and support.

 
  1. FAQs

  • What do you mean by survivor?

    We use 'survivor' as a common shorthand for a wide range of experience, but we recognise that not everyone who has experienced sexual abuse might use 'survivor' as a self-description. At our survivor events, we welcome students who have experienced any form of sexual abuse at any time in their life. This can include things that happened in childhood or more recently. It could have been ongoing or happened one time. It could include things that at the time we didn't realise were sexual abuse. If you are not sure whether your experience qualifies as sexual abuse, you are welcome to join anyway to learn more.

     

  • Do I have to talk about what happened to me?

    The short answer: No. We will never ask you to share anything about what happened. Most of our events focus on dealing with issues we have as survivors in the here and now. That being said, of course past experiences can come up and attending survivor spaces can sometimes bring up memories. We will usually have a grounding activity in the end which can help to deal with anything that might have been triggering.
     

  • What happens if I am late to a workshop or community space?

    We ask everyone who is attending to be there from the beginning and we usually open the space 5 minutes before the start time, both for online and in person events. To create a safe and supportive space we always agree on a working alliance at the beginning of each event. We therefore can't let people in five minutes after the start time.
     

  • What if I cannot attend a workshop or community space I have signed up for?

    We limit the spaces in our events to make them as safe and supportive as possible. So, if you cannot attend anymore please do let the Student Services and Wellbeing Team or the SU know, depending on who is running the event, as soon as possible. That way they can open up the space to other students who might want to come along.

Your Reporting Options

 

  1. Reporting through the Students Union:

Follow the link below and fill out the abuse and harassment form

 
  • Once you have completed this form you will then be assigned an investigator within the union.

  • Please note If there are conflicts of interest an investigator will be assigned outside of the union.

  • You will be able to have conversations with your investigator supported by our welfare and case worker Susanna in as many meetings as you require.

  • If you deem the outcome of the report and investigation to be unfit then you can ask for a review within 10 working days.

  • If you have any questions about this process please email Susanna Momtazuddin at sm141@soas.ac.uk 

 
  1. Reporting through the University

SOAS has a report and support page for all forms of harassment 

This page also offers guidance on what to do if you are unsure about what to do in the face of sexual harrassment 

Furthermore you can make a report of any misconduct at the university, whether it be between students or staff through the complaints procedure here: https://www.soas.ac.uk/student-complaints/ 

 

This webpage was last updated on: 20 Oct 2022 15:23