VISION: We envision a world where Australian university communities are free from sexual violence and stigmatisation.

 

MISSION: We are a student-led movement empowering people to create and sustain positive cultural change in Australian universities, by breaking down stigmas surrounding sex and sexual violence through social activism and education. 

about us

The Stop Campaign is a grassroots student-led 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, visual and respectful communication.

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Our campaign will continue to be student-led, 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 course.

GOALS

  • Create a safe space for everyone through—

    • changing the language that we use when discussing sexual violence, and raising awareness of the impact language has on influencing discourse; and

    • 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;

  • 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, share resources and normalise 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 consent and the process of being an effective bystander;

  • Reduce vicarious trauma via awareness of the term and the sharing of resources; and

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

CURRENT PROJECTS

The upcoming launch of our newest Zine, Reclaim The Narrative, is scheduled for the 27th of February. Click 'going' on our Facebook event to get updates about location and details around the event. To learn more about our annual Zine, go to PROJECTS. 

We are currently in the process of creating and gathering information and contacts for our College Program at the ANU. This program aims to create personalised programs for the residential halls at the ANU to ensure students - wherever they choose to live - are fully knowledgable on the issue of sexual assault on our campus and in the wider world. If you are a current student at ANU and live at a residential hall, we are still asking for feedback regarding the culture of your college. Get in touch!

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The Stop Campaign respectfully acknowledges the wisdom of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and their custodianship of the lands and waterways upon which we operate.