Published: 19 November 2015

Call It Out campaign launches in National Anti-Bullying Week

Call It Out poster

Liverpool Guild of Students has launched its ‘Call It Out’ campaign to encourage students to speak up about sexual harassment and assault.

The campaign, led by Guild President Harry Anderson and Vice-President Emma Sims, aims to challenge the normalisation of inappropriate behaviour including unwanted sexual comments, jokes and gestures as well as unwanted physical contact.

The message is to embolden students not to tolerate inappropriate behaviour which is too often trivialised and ignored, and encourage people who witness assault and harassment to Call It Out – whenever and wherever they see it.

Over the next week, the Guild will be taking Call It Out online and encouraging students to show their support. Here’s how you can get involved:

  • Send a #CallItOut selfie on Instagram (@LiverpoolGuild) to show your commitment. Your face will then automatically appear on our Call It Out minisite for all to see, as part of an online collage of students who are backing the campaign.
  • Watch the Call It Out video – Take a few minutes to find out more about the campaign, the reasons for it, and see the students and staff who got involved to help kick start our change in culture around the issue: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hNCpQevpdso

If you see or experience sexual harassment or assault, here’s how to Call It Out:

  • Speak directly to the perpetrator
  • Contact the Police – 999 for emergency cases, 101 for non-emergency cases
  • Contact Safeplace Merseyside on 0151 295 3550

For more information about the Call It Out campaign, or to get more involved, please contact Harry Anderson or Emma Sims.

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