Students to stage show of unity after spate of stabbings and assaults on campus

The Students' Union has organised a protest in reaction to attacks on their students on campus this

The Students' Union has organised a protest in reaction to attacks on their students on campus this year. Picture: ANDREW PARTRIDGE - Credit: Andrew Partridge

A students’ union has organised a day of action after a rise in stabbings and sexual assaults on their university’s campus.

The campaign, called It Ends Now, is a show of unity by students and the Student’s Union at the University of Essex campus in Wivenhoe to show it is a safe place for students to live, study and work.

Those taking part will be in the central square on the campus at 1pm and have been asked to “stand in solidarity and pledge that we all commit to ensuring that this university is a place free from sexual harassment.”

On October 3, a woman was allegedly raped in a university halls of residence.

A 24-year-old man, Sultan Mohammed, of Almond Way, Colchester, has been charged in connection with the attack.


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Hours after this, around 12.15am on October 4, a young man was stabbed in the face in Wivenhoe Park on the campus. The assault left him with a three-inch wound.

Essex Police is still appealing for information regarding the stabbing an believe would have been very busy with students at the time.

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Members of the students’ union will also be handing out information promoting consent and respectful behaviour and condemning sexual assault.

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