SWP off campus
Passed by Student Council on 20 November 2014
Rape, sexual abuse, victim blaming, rape apologism]
What will we do?
- 1. To pressure the university to prevent the Socialist Workers Party (hereafter SWP) from advertising their events in EUSA or University venues.
- 2. To ask staff members of EUSA venues to take down any SWP posters they see on EUSA society boards.
- 3. To pressure the university to not allow the SWP to hold events in any EUSA or university venues or have stalls around campus, for example, outside the Main Library.
- 4. To never allow the SWP or any associated groups (such as Socialist Worker’s Student Society) to seek ratification from EUSA.
- 5. To support other universities and societies that have made similar moves to remove the SWP.
What is the background to this?
- 1. In 2012 the Disputes Committee of the SWP investigated allegations of sexual assault on a female member of the SWP by one of the senior members of the party.
- 2. It is reported that the woman who made the allegation was “questioned about her character, how often she drank alcohol, and her personal relationships”.
- 3.It is reported that the Disputes Committee concluded that the rape allegation was unproven.
- 4. Multiple concerns have been reported regarding the handling of the matter, with the party accused by one source of taking an “unsupportive approach” towards the woman who raised the allegation.
- 5. After this investigation, thousands of members left, including most of the SWP’s student members, leaving very few student SWP groups left in the UK.
- 6. EUSA has a policy called 'End Rape Culture and Lad Banter on Campus' which states it should 'no platform rape apologists'.
- The SWP have been asked to not put their posters on EUSA society boards but have ignored this request.