THE F-WORD #7
CANTA issue #9, 2017
Kia ora! FemSoc kicked off UC Diversity Fest with a screening of The Hunting Ground, a documentary about sexual assaults on US university campuses. The film exposes a widespread, but often unseen, problem, and shows the resilience and determination of survivors to fight back.
In New Zealand it’s often mentioned how little we talk about feelings and personal issues. Having those sometimes difficult conversations ‒ both privately and publicly ‒ is an important start to understanding and fighting the problems many of us face.
However, it’s important to respect that it’s an individual’s choice to disclose personal information. What we can do as a community is create a safer and more supportive environment for survivors. So think about this: What can you do to reduce the stigma of talking about personal issues so people you know feel comfortable coming to you if they need support?