Northampton College launches ‘Stand by Her’ training to tackle abuse against women

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Workshops are being held at Northampton College to help male students better understand sexual harassment and abuse against women, encouraging them to challenge or intervene when they see inappropriate behaviour.

The ‘Stand by Her’ training addresses harassment and cultural attitudes towards women and girls and is part of the ongoing Safer Streets project being delivered by the Northamptonshire Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner (PFCC).

Reducing violence against women and girls is a priority for Commissioner Stephen Mold and working in partnership with other organizations like Northampton College is enabling projects like the ‘Stand by Her’ training to make a real difference to society.

Stand By Her training at Northampton College

Training sessions for more than 600 students will be held in the coming months, while 10 teachers will also participate in “train the trainer” workshops to prepare the project for the future and integrate the training into the College.

The training will start conversations with men about negative attitudes and behaviors towards women and empower participants to actively challenge derogatory and inappropriate behavior from their peers and colleagues.

Harassment is often the precursor to crimes that disproportionately affect women and girls, and education is key to changing the culture and making more women feel safe.

Sexual harassment and assault affect the daily lives of millions of women in the UK and happen everywhere, outdoors, at work, at home and online.

Northampton College Principal Pat Brennan-Barrett said: “Keeping our young people safe is of the utmost importance to us at the college. Anything we can do to start a conversation about how to address violence against women has to be a good thing.”

The training explains that an unwanted touch, an unnecessary sexual comment, or a look that lasts long enough to make someone uncomfortable can be classified as bullying and challenges youth to reflect on their behaviors and the behaviors of others.

Ms. Brennan-Barrett added: “We welcome this opportunity to be involved in a project that is already doing a lot to change young men’s attitudes towards women, and is something we look forward to incorporating into the university for years to come. ”

Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner Stephen Mold said: “This is another example of my commitment to making Northamptonshire a safer place, especially for women.

“Stand by Her” shifts the focus from women to staying safe and focusing on the root cause. This intervention will challenge the culture and attitudes that can lead to further abusive behavior.

“It shows how men can be allies to women and play a critical role in stopping violence against women and girls.

“We are delighted to be working with Northampton College to offer the Stand by Her workshops. This partnership allows us to reach a demographic that can really help make a difference in society. I hope others see the positive impact this will have on protecting women and girls and I encourage any organization or school to contact my office if they are interested in helping us roll out this training countywide.”

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