The STOP campaign

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We are a grassroots movement empowering people to create and sustain positive cultural change in learning communities through activism, awareness, education and empowerment

The STOP Campaign is a grassroots Campaign tackling sexual violence at Australian universities, through empowerment and education. Our vision is to create and sustain positive social and cultural change, by igniting conversations and breaking down stigmas surrounding all aspects of sex and sexual violence. We value intersectional and inclusive discourse, attempting to connect with all members of the community through educational and respectful communication, utilising visual and non-visual mediums.

Our Campaign will continue to be led by students and alumni, as we believe this allows us to be able to reach the university community at a more personal level than other organisations. This helps us to encourage and build collective behavioural change, which will lead to positive social change. As people enter and exit university environments, we aim to have a long-lasting positive impact on their lives. The Campaign strives to create and grow networks to spark courage and determination, ultimately building a community of change-makers. We believe that the influence conversations have surrounding respect, sexual violence, and sex more generally, fosters and encourages respectful relationships throughout one’s life.

Our goals are to:

  • Create a safe space for everyone through—

    • altering the language that we use when discussing sexual violence

    • raising awareness of the impact language has on influencing discourse

    • making Australia safer for international students and those from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds.

  • Empower survivors to share their stories safely

  • Form a first-responders network to assist supporters of survivors of sexual violence to manage disclosures, with the relevant training

  • Foster relationships with organisations and stakeholders working in the activist space of sexual violence and respectful relationships

  • Be proactive, working to constantly review and improve our strategies

  • Educate the broader community about resources that are available to both survivors and their supporters

  • Reach out to high school students and their parents to start education early, sharing resources and normalising consent culture

  • Normalise discussions about sexual violence to spread awareness and inform behaviour

  • Spread awareness and provide educational resources to the community

  • Educate people about sexual health and safe, fun and inclusive sex

  • Break down stigmas regarding reporting, sexual violence, sexual health and what constitutes abuse, by—

    • reducing stereotypes and ending myths regarding these issues.

  • Encourage institutions to be proactive and reform their processes, particularly regarding the reporting of sexual violence

  • Educate people about enthusiastic consent

  • Educate people about the process of being an effective bystander

  • Reduce vicarious trauma through raising awareness about it and the sharing of resources, and

  • Create awareness about the cultural and structural drivers behind sexual violence.