Cookies to raise awareness of sexual violence

WILMA MCCORKINDALE
Last updated 17:29 19/08/2014

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A national campaign warning students against sexually violent situations says biting into a heart-shaped cookie is better than an unwanted pash.

Otago University Students' Association is hosting the campaign on campus tomorrow, giving out the cookies as well as hot water bottles to students.

The association hopes the anti-sexual violence message in the "Are you that someone?" campaign will hit the right spot, student advocate Philippa Keaney said.

"From our perspective this is a national issue promoting young people looking after each other and being responsible, and being able to see when something's not right and being able to deal with that," she said.

The campaign focus fitted Dunedin's student demographic, Keaney said.

While Dunedin's student rape statistics had been concerning in recent years, the campaign was about all levels of violence.

"Sexual violence could be anything," Keaney said.

"It could be an unwanted pash or being shoved into a van and taken off somewhere.

"If your mate is actually that drunk then just check they're OK and it's actually something they want to be doing."

The campaign offered practical ways to intervene when things were not right, she said.

Giveaways as part of the campaign include bags of two heart-shaped cookies designed to promote positive relationships, and hot water bottles for students to snuggle up to instead of someone unworthy.  

A Happy Snap photo booth and dance performances will also be found at the Otago University campus.

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