University of Sussex Students' Newspaper

Five sexual assaults in five years

The Badger

ByThe Badger

Jan 15, 2015

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Trigger warning: sexual violence

The result of a Freedom of Information (FOI) request has revealed that there has been a total of five alleged sexual assaults reported on the University of Sussex campus in the last five years, from September 2009 to September 2014.

The University of Sussex responded to the FOI with the statement: “The University of Sussex alleged offences of every kind very seriously

“The university provides an extensive range of services that offer students ongoing support and advice for any difficulties that may result from such incidences, including sexual assault.”

The FOI was sent in response to a sexual assault that allegedly took place earlier in the year when a student was assaulted in her halls of residence on the University of Sussex’s Falmer campus.

Ella Gordon, a second year American Studies student, has commented: “Although five sexual assaults in the last five years won’t seem too many to some people , for me, I think that it is five too many.

“The figure shows that on average there is one alleged sexual assault a year, and that’s not good enough

“It is the University’s job to protect the students that are living on campus, and if I had known the figure last year when I was living at a Falmer halls of residence, I would not have felt comfortable or safe.

“When you look around campus, especially where the housing areas are, there often isn’t enough lighting, sufficient security cameras or patrols.

“Perhaps if the University addressed these problems, the number of sexual assaults recorded would decrease.”

NUS and the welfare Officer, Rianna Gargiulo, at the Students’ Union, have recently launched the ‘I Heart Consent’ campaign. The campaign aims to tackle and educate students on the myths, misunderstandings and problematic perspectives about rape, as well as consent and sexual harassment.

More information about the campaign can be found at



2 thoughts on “Five sexual assaults in five years”
  1. I was sexually assaulted on my campus in my uni house by someone my flatmate let in after I told them not to.
    This was 4 years ago exactly next week.
    The university did not deal with it well at all, I received only 1 counselling session and pills for depression and had to explain the situation to a lot of different people working at the university, including males and no action was taken against the perpetrator. I thought I had got over it by myself. But now 4 years later I am suffering from PTSD whilst trying to study my masters and am finally receiving the counselling and treatment I wish I had been offered 4 years ago whilst at university in Sussex.

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