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Students launch blog to expose sexual harassment

An anonymous #metoo blog was launched at midnight by Victoria University of Wellington Students’ Association to collect stories of sexual violence and harassment experienced by students.

It follows the model of the blog set up in February by Auckland lawyer and VUW alumni Zoë Lawton, after revelations of inappropriate sexual behaviour at law firm Russell McVeagh. Lawton’s blog provided legal professionals and law students with a platform to share their experiences of sexual harassment, bullying and discrimination.

VUWSA are calling the blog a safe, anonymous and non-judgmental place to share stories that will help inform the university, the City Council, and the public of what needs to change for students and staff, and provide safer student environments.

The association is inviting contributions from past and present students of Victoria University of Wellington, and welcome stories from women and men, LGBTQIA+, disabled, Māori, Pasifika and international students.

The anonymous blog will be open for one month and will then be delivered to Victoria University of Wellington’s Vice-Chancellor, the Wellington City Council and the Government.

The #metoo blog is here: www.metoostudents.org.nz