A video promoting a Leeds student clubnight has caused outrage after including footage of “rape banter” between male clubgoers.
The video – called ‘Freshers’ Violation’ – was taken down hours after it was posted on YouTube and Facebook by Tequila UK, which hosts clubnights at MEZZ bar in Leeds city centre.
The original footage sees one male clubgoer describe how a girl was going to “get raped” and saw young women asked how they were going to “survive violation”.
The video prompted hundreds of comments on Facebook and Twitter condemning the material.
Tequila UK later replaced the video with an edited version, which was also removed yesterday.
No one at Tequila UK was not available for comment but said on its Facebook page: “We have acknowledged that the original video posted from the Freshers Violation contained footage which we deemed to be offensive. We therefore removed it.”
A spokesman for Mezz bar said the bar did not organise the event and added: “It is run by an external company.”
On Twitter, Leeds RAG – the fundraising society of Leeds University Union – said the group was no longer working with Tequila, adding: “Monday’s footage was irreconcilable with ‘safer sex’ and RAG’s ethos.”
Catriona Palin, development co-ordinator at Support after Rape and Sexual Violence Leeds (SARSVL) said: “We are often told by those who we support that the attitudes held by society and those close to them around rape can make it harder to move on and seek help.
“This includes the trivialisation of rape and the acceptability of ‘rape banter’ such as that displayed in the promo video.
“It is particularly worrying that this was targeted at Freshers who are often in a vulnerable position due to being away from home and established support networks for the first time.
“Anyone affected by rape or sexual violence can contact our helpline on 0808 8023 344.”