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We listen and believe. We offer free specialist support to women and girls across Cambridgeshire who have been impacted by rape and sexual violence, no matter when that abuse happened.
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Eva Carroll says university students face regular sexual aggression in the city. Eva Carroll is a year-old English student at the University of Cambridge. She is an ambassador for Our Streets Now, which campaigns to end public sexual harassment.
I felt sick, sexualised, and angry. Yet this virus of misogyny and sexism does not live in the air - it lives in people, predominantly men. Whether navigating student accommodation, the university city or lecture halls, we fear being followed, shouted at, touched, groped or grabbed. It leaves us feeling scared, anxious and unsafe.
Public sexual harassment PSH pervades all aspects of student life, from damaging our mental and physical health to reducing our academic performance. When we imagine Cambridgewe have a mental picture of every street corner, every accommodation block, every shop, every alley where we have been objectified and terrified. How can we be expected to perform academically and thrive socially against these odds without support?
As an Our Streets Now Higher Education Ambassador, I will fight this toxic culture and build a safer, more equal and enjoyable Cambridge for women and other marginalised genders. The University of Cambridge is a large, wealthy, prestigious institution. It has a duty of care to the women who shared their experiences in whispers and lined the streets shouting about the abuse we suffer every single day.
We need active allies more than ever. Yes, it is important for individual male students to stand with us but we need the institution too.
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We need a zero-tolerance approach to PSH and we will not stop until it is achieved. It comprises unwelcome and unwanted attention, sexual advances and intimidating behaviour that occurs in public spaces - both in-person and online. It exists on a pyramid of violence; the language used by men on our streets to demean women is the foundation for more serious crimes such as rape and murder higher up the pyramid. As we have seen with the death of Sarah Everard, it exists with the very real threat of escalation and we are terrified.
PSH perpetuates a culture that disregards historically vulnerable and oppressed groups of people, diminishing their sense of self-worth and denying equal access to public space. ing up to the CambridgeshireLive newsletter means you'll receive our daily news .
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Changed your mind? There's an 'unsubscribe' button at the bottom of every newsletter we send out. The Our Streets Now Higher Education Ambassadors will fight this toxic culture and build a safer, more equal and enjoyable Cambridge for women and other marginalised genders. Spearheaded by Our Streets Now Ambassadors, these local initiatives will start conversations about PSH with students, staff and the local population.
It takes resilience to exist as a woman in and survival means we have learned how to fight. Let us channel the energy we put in to defending ourselves with our keys and being constantly ready to run away into changing the world instead. A Cambridge University spokesperson said: "Behaviour that amounts to harassment or sexual misconduct is not tolerated within the University of Cambridge community.
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