Cambridge students to wear black in support of sexual violence victims

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A campaign led by Cambridge University students has called on their peers to wear black on Friday 19th January in order to express their solidarity for victims of sexual harassment.

The campaign was set in motion by Harriet Fisher after being inspired by the celebrities who wore black at the Golden Globe awards in order to raise awareness for the Time’s Up campaign. Oprah Winfrey, in particular, highlighted the impact of both sexual abuse and racism on the lives on women in her powerful speech at the awards ceremony, dedicating her award to ‘all the women who have endured years of abuse and assault’.

Time’s Up is a movement founded this year against sexual harassment in response to the Weinstein effect and #MeToo, with the campaign particularly trying to help women who have less access to media platforms or the funds to challenge sexual harassment.

Speaking to The Cambridge Student, Fisher said, ‘I was massively inspired by the Golden Globes… I thought it was so important to keep the conversation going and show that we too stand in solidarity with survivors of sexual harassment. I hope it will continue to raise awareness and also encourage people to donate to the Time's Up campaign. I'm thrilled with the incredible response so far and also hope to work alongside other amazing campaigns and societies in Cambridge that support survivors within the university community.’

The Cambridge campaign comes after the launch in October of the University-wide ‘Breaking the Silence’ campaign as well as the recent exclusion of Dr Hutchinson from Trinity Hall on the grounds of sexually harassing students.

The event page for the campaign can be found here.

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