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Zero Tolerance to Sexual Harassment

 April 6, 2016 | Simon Jenkins

“The project is one of the first of its kind in the country and pushes Leeds to the forefront of supporting students in a safe and friendly manner.”

Working alongside Leeds University Union, the ‘We’ve Got Your Back’ campaign aims to raise awareness that the City of Leeds has a zero tolerance approach to all incidents of sexual harassment.

Supported by the Footsteps Fund, the ‘Zero Tolerance to Sexual Harassment’ project provides students with the information they need to stay and feel safe wherever they are in the city,  as well as challenge perceptions and attitudes around sexual harassment, with the aim to normalise the reporting of incidents.

34 nightclubs and bars across the city have signed up and received training on how best to deal with reports of incidents of sexual harassment or sexual assault specifically within their premises. All venues involved now feel they could appropriately deal with a report of an incident and have agreed upon a standard procedure for dealing with all reports.

“The training was very informative. Sexual harassment is such a big deal in the world that needs to be dealt with, and it’s not getting ignored in Leeds.” – Leeds student

With over 75,000 views of project information across the three universities in the city and film coverage from BBC News, the project has received wide media coverage and excellent feedback from the West Yorkshire Police Crime Commissioner.

Various discussions have been held with other universities and unions who want to deliver something similar with the support of the ‘Zero Tolerance to Sexual Harassment’ project.

To find out more about the ‘We’ve Got Your Back’ campaign, and see which venues are involved*, visit

Zero Tolerance to Sexual Harassment