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Oxford Brookes protest will challenge ‘sexual abuse culture’ on campus


Jul 29, 2022

A protest is set to be staged at Oxford Brookes University about the alleged ‘sexual abuse culture’ on campus.

The demonstration will take place on August 6 between 10am and 2pm and will see protestors undertake a walk around campus to raise awareness of their cause.

Organiser David Thomas says the aim of the campaign is to make freshers aware of issues of sexual harassment and abuse and to hold the university “accountable for the abuse culture they have tried to brush under the table”.

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Mr Thomas, who runs the Abuse at Brookes social media page, said: “The only way it can end is to make positive changes and raise awareness.”

A spokesperson for Oxford Brookes said: “At Oxford Brookes, we are committed to ensuring a respectful and supportive environment, and the university takes a zero-tolerance approach to harassment, bullying, hate incidents and sexual harassment.

“Whilst we are unable to comment on individual cases, we want to make clear that we take any allegations of sexual violence or harassment extremely seriously.

“If any of our students, staff or our wider community, have concerns about behaviour or practices in any aspect of University life, we would encourage them to report them via our dedicated University Reporting tool.

“This feedback is important to helping us ensure that our University community is as inclusive and respectful as it can possibly be.”

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This story was written by Sophie Perry. She joined the team in 2021 as a digital reporter.

You can get in touch with her by emailing: sophie.perry@newsquest.co.uk

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