Event on sexual violence at the UM this autumn

Event on sexual violence at the UM this autumn

The results of the UM’s own investigation into sexual violence will be presented then

15-06-2021

MAASTRICHT. Last week, a report by Amnesty International showed that 11 per cent of female students are raped while they are students. Maastricht University is organising an event on the subject in autumn.

The results of the UM’s own investigation into sexual violence will be made known then and there will be a presentation of measures to prevent sexual violence and to improve the help for victims. Exactly when the event will take place is not clear yet. The organisation is aiming for October, says diversity officer Constance Sommerey.

The survey was held earlier among 2,700 students and was implemented by a group of researchers from University College Maastricht, the Faculty of Psychology and Neurosciences, and the Faculty of Health, Medicine and Life Sciences. Sommerey told us previously in Observant that the majority of victims don’t know where to turn to, and if they do know, they don’t have enough faith in the agency or person.

Improving the provision of information is therefore high on the list. They are also thinking of increasing the expertise at the UM in the field of trauma counselling. The plans are drawn up by the university in collaboration with student initiatives such as We Care, a student organisation at the UM that supports victims of sexual violence, and Consent Matters, an initiative by students of University College Maastricht pleads, among other things, for making sexual harassment punishable.