Motion 1: Rape Culture and Victim Blaming on Campus Proposer: Megan Denise Smith This Union Notes: 1. That rape culture and victim blaming is growing in universities at a national level and is enhanced by media catering to ‘lad culture.’ (NUS ‘Hidden Marks’ survey) 2. That 1 in 7 women students are victims of sexual assault or violence (NUS ‘Hidden Marks’ survey). 3. According to an NUS survey, 43 percent of women students who did not report it said they thought they would be blamed. This Union Believes: 1. The normalization of sexist attitudes and rape culture have serious repercussions, from discouraging women from reporting sexual assault to ultimately encouraging it. 2. There needs to be greater awareness amongst Kingston students of what rape, sexual violence and harassment actually are and what factors contribute to them. 3. KUSU should promote a positive viewpoint on women, including societies and sports. 4. Media that perpetuates rape culture and victim blaming is detrimental to women’s representation and safety on campus and against the values, such as safe space and equality, which KUSU supports. 5. Normalization of rape culture is distressing for students who may have suffered some form of sexual assault before. 6. Women should not have to take precautions to avoid being raped or sexually harassed. 7. Those who place victims at fault for rape are not supportive of KUSU’s mission and values. This Union Resolves: 1. To lobby the university against media and any sexual violence campaigns which perpetuate rape culture and victim blaming. 2. To prevent the proliferation of rape culture and victim blaming within all areas of KUSU by ensuring all events, promotions, activities and campaigns do not support or condone sexist attitudes or victim blaming. 3. To lobby the university against private companies advertising events that contribute towards rape culture and victim blaming on our campus. 4. To give a no platform to any suggestion that rape is excusable and add rape apology to the KUSU no platform policy.