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#NeverOK is a joint campaign by Manchester Metropolitan University and The University of Manchester, promoting an environment and culture where sexual harassment is never tolerated.
The campaign encourages everyone to be active bystanders and challenge inappropriate behaviour when they witness it. We also want to empower victims to feel confident about reporting incidents and that all reports are taken very seriously.
#NeverOK gives you the tools, knowledge, and confidence to take action against sexual harassment.
We’re asking everyone at Manchester Met to:
1. Educate yourself about sexual harassment
Sexual harassment is any kind of unwanted behaviour of a sexual nature that makes you feel humiliated, intimidated, belittled, or that creates a hostile environment. All instances of sexual harassment are unacceptable, regardless of whether they take place in-person or online.
Both universities have a zero-tolerance stance on sexual harassment. Our Student Code of Conduct sets out the standards of conduct we expect, how to report misconduct, and the penalties for breaking the code.
Learn more about what constitutes sexual harassment, understand your boundaries, and how to look after others in our Consent Matters online training. It’s essential that all students complete the training.
2. Be an active bystander
Being an active bystander means spotting when someone’s behaviour is inappropriate or threatening and choosing to challenge it or assist someone who needs support. Research shows that bystander intervention can be an effective way of stopping sexual assault before it happens.
Ways you can intervene:
Direct – let them know their behaviour isn’t ok and tell them to stop (if you feel safe to do so)
Distract – do something to break the situation up, such as spilling a drink or asking a question
Delegate – bring in someone else to help you – this could be a friend, venue staff, or the Police
Delay – if you can’t intervene, check in with the person afterwards and see if they need support
By challenging this behaviour and calling it out, we can all play a part in taking a stand against sexual harassment.
It’s important that you report incidents of sexual harassment and misconduct if you experience them or see it happening to someone else. By reporting crimes when they happen, you can access specialist support and the Police can carry out an investigation.
We know many cases of sexual harassment go unreported and this may be because victims feel frightened, ashamed or think it won’t be taken seriously. However, you should never feel afraid to get help – sexual harassment is never your fault and there’s lots of support and guidance available.
Ways to report an incident and access support:
Directly to the Police – call 999 if it is an emergency or you are in danger. Otherwise, call 101 at any other time, visit your local police station or report the incident online
Our Report + Support website – report an incident online to the University (you can choose to report anonymously if you wish). Our Student Services team monitor incident reports and will be in contact within one working day to discuss the incident and offer you support. You can also find out about the external support available too
What’s happened so far at Manchester Met
#NeverOK pledge boards – on 10 November 2021 we hosted stands in the Business School, Students’ Union, and in Archway Halls asking students and staff to pledge to take the Consent Matters training and to be an active bystander
Sexual assault and bystander workshops (pilot) – throughout October and November 2021, a small group of students were invited to take part in interactive workshops about consent and positive intervention
Extended boundaries on our Safe Zone app – the Safe Zone app allows you to contact Campus Security quickly and discretely for support, and in September 2021, we teamed up with the University of Manchester and University of Salford so you’re covered on their campuses too
Safety networks – we have established a number of networks with internal and external partners to help keep students safe - these groups meet regularly and include student representatives and the Greater Manchester Police
Specialist support staff – we have a group of specially trained Sexual Violence Liaison Officers to support students through the reporting process