By the end of the day, I could no longer pretend nothing had happened. Hazy memories had penetrated my armour of denial. He'd come into the room in the middle of the night. He'd pulled my clothes off. He'd pushed inside me. I'd tried to stop him but I was half asleep, confused, still under the effects of alcohol.
As unions and universities, we have the perfect opportunity to grab the attention of young people moving into their new home. We can show them that it's okay to speak about consent and it's okay to speak about rape. We can be the ones to help survivors report and ask for help. We can be the ones to help destroy the shame that so often nips at their heels.
Teaching consent at Universities is not a cure-all: it is a start. We must take young people and sexual assault seriously, and the NUS and Students' Unions are taking necessary steps to do so. For those berating the need for further action, those disputing whether this is enough: there is no better place to start fighting rape culture and concepts of patriarchal masculinity, than in a classroom.