De Montfort Students’ Union (DSU) is partnering with De Montfort University (DMU) to celebrate I Heart Consent with a week of activities, key note speakers and events.
I Heart Consent week will focus on the topic of consent and healthy relationships while also providing information about the support available at DMU.
During the week, students and staff can participate in a range of activities including these three main events which will be taking place across campus:
Monday 4 February
Tuesday 5 February
Wednesday 6 February
For the Light the Night March, DMU students and staff will march to show support for victims of sexual violence from around the world.
In preparation for the Light the Night March, DSU will also be encouraging students to get involved with craftivism and join us in making signs in the Campus Centre from 9:30-12pm.
The keynote speaker will also be DMU’s Professor Vanessa Bettinson, whose research into the victims of coercive control helped bring new laws into effect in Scotland.
I Heart Consent T-Shirts will also be on sale in SUpplies for a suggested donation of £6.99 with all profit going to Leicester charities - Rape Crisis and FirstStep.
Throughout the week Mollie Footitt, DP of Education will also be doing Instagram takeovers talking about tips for creating positive relationships and the support on offer from the university and other charities.
Mollie said: "I Heart Consent week is a week for people to start talking about consent and relationships in a healthy way. Along with the Mandala Project, we have many different activities throughout the week including our ‘Light the Night’ walk on Wednesday evening"
"It’s so important to get the conversations going regarding raising awareness of sexual violence and what to look out for in those around us. It’s important for us to promote respect around our campus."
"Come and join in on the conversation, keep an eye out on Instagram and get involved!"
Students and staff are encouraged to get involved with these discussions by sharing your tips for creating positive and healthy relationships on Instagram, by tagging @demontfortsu and on Twitter by tagging @dmu_mandala.
Last year DMU Students came together for the Light The Night March in support of victims of sexual violence.
The Mandala Project offers great support for all DMU students who may have experienced sexual or domestic violence and will be heavily involved with I Heart Consent. To find out more about the project click here.
Natalie McKeown who leads The Mandala Project said: “We want students to have the opportunity to find out more about healthy relationships, learn skills so they can actively promote respect on campus and have information so they access support quickly if something is worrying them.”