Breaking the silence at Cambridge University

We spent our Saturday evening at Cambridge University’s Emmanuel College, where we were invited to take part in the college’s Breaking the Silence Around Sexual Violence event.

Firstly, we’d like to thank the organisers for putting on such a powerful and well-attended event, and to the audience for being so receptive.

We had the pleasure of speaking about our project alongside the college’s master Dame Fiona Reynolds, Dr Olivia Smith who presented her work on how the legal system treats rape cases, and the university’s women’s officer Amelia Horgan, who told us about all the positive changes at Cambridge and what more needs to be done. We were so impressed by the warm welcome at the college that we didn’t want to leave!

We were also incredibly proud to be speaking alongside student Francesca Ebel, who gave her brave personal testimony of rape, and to hear the moving words of student Anna Walker recounting her experience. We would like to thank both of these women for breaking the silence. You are both incredible.

Emmanuel College is taking part in our Notes of Love campaign, which 20 universities have signed up to so far, and it was wonderful to see all the notes that students have written. We’ll keep you updated on on our universities activities in coming weeks.

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