Leeds campaigner’s consent motion

Amy  Cousens and fellow campaigners outside Leeds Civic Hall, calling for a change in licensing laws so 'consent' educational posters must be displayed in Leeds bars and clubs.
Amy Cousens and fellow campaigners outside Leeds Civic Hall, calling for a change in licensing laws so 'consent' educational posters must be displayed in Leeds bars and clubs.
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Campaigners calling for better education to protect women in Leeds city centre from sexual assaults have submitted a motion to councillors.

Leeds Beckett graduate Amy Cousens appealed has appealed to Leeds City Council to change licensing rules, so bars and clubs must display posters with advice about sexual consent.

She also called for bars to brief staff on sexual consent so they can handle assault complaints.

Miss Cousens, former women’s officer at the university’s Student Union, told Leeds City Council’s full council meeting: “The problem of high sexual assault that we are seeing in places embedded with a university culture, such as Leeds, is what many researchers have described as an ‘epidemic’ of rape and sexual harassment.”

She added: “Education on consent is a necessity, not only to educate students as to the correct boundaries of consent and to work to dispel rape culture on campus, but also because many students are not aware of services or reporting procedures.”

The 21-year-old presented the motion to councillors alongside fellow campaigners at Leeds Civic Hall.

Councillors voted to refer the matter to the Environment and Housing committee.

Miss Cousens is among a number of sociology students who helped organise a series of consent workshops at Leeds Beckett University.

The workshops, run by students for students, gave advice about sexual assault, consent, services and reporting procedures.

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