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Let's take a stand against sexual violence!
Written by Chloe Munro, 17
On Saturday the 21st of January, the Youth Highland AGM was held. This is an event that brings youth voluntary groups together from the Highlands. Some of the RASASH Young Ambassadors attended the event that allowed us to show other voluntary groups the work that we have been doing.
We set up our stand, as shown above. Megan Lowson and Megan Low created a seven question quiz which regarded sexual violence statistics in Scotland. The quiz informed people about the truths surrounding sexual violence. The stall also showed people what RASASH and the Young Ambassadors have been up to, for example the newspaper article talking about the Reclaim the Night event. We also had a variation of posters from different campaigns, including some from "www.thisisnotaninvitationtorapeme.co.uk" that are seen on the edge of the table. Overall, our stand was thought-provoking as it showed people realities surrounding sexual violence in Scotland.
At the AGM we had the consent zone. The consent zone introduced different situations regarding if a situation was consensual, and learning what the law says on consent. It created good conversations and the people that came to the consent zone left knowing more about the law and what makes a situation consensual.
We then listened to the AGM meeting which was very interesting as it discussed how voluntary youth work impacts teenagers, specifically in the Highlands. We watched several presentations, and then RASASH Stand Up Ambassador Becky Tyson did her presentation showing other youth groups what RASASH and Stand Up! do, speaking passionately about her experience of being an Ambassador. You can view the end of her presentation here:
Below are some photos taken at the event. Overall, the event was interesting for us to see how voluntary groups like us affect teenagers in Highland, along with how we can improve and support other voluntary youth groups. It was also fantastic to spread the word about RASASH and the issue of sexual violence, through Becky's presentation and information provided at our stand.
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