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Ella Harvey: “Institutions want to bury their heads in the sand when it comes to sexual violence”

In a recent interview with The Print, Vice President Welfare at QMSU Ella Harvey spoke about how she does not think Queen Mary’s response would have been any better than Warwick University’s after it was revealed students had been sending vile messages about raping and abusing fellow students over private group chats.

Harvey said, “I think a problem with institutions is that they want to bury their head in the sand a lot with these issues – and we are not different.”

She added, “I don’t think it’s out of malicious intent; it’s literally just that I don’t think people feel comfortable dealing with that subject.”

Speaking with Editor-in-Chief of The Print Millie Pritchard, Harvey also talked about what university is doing to deal with sexual violence, mental health provisions, and what it was like meeting founder of Microsoft Bill Gates.

Watch full interview here:

Thank you to the Queen Mary students who submitted their questions for ‘Queen Mary Questions’ through our form. Although we did not ask all of them, we tried to ask questions related to recurring themes we saw.

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