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Breaking the Silence

On 24 October, the University of Cambridge launched a campaign to promote zero tolerance of sexual misconduct.

Called ‘Breaking the Silence – Cambridge speaks out against sexual misconduct’, the campaign highlights prevention, support and reporting for those who’ve been affected by sexual misconduct, all of which are available via

Cambridge University Students' Union (CUSU)'s women’s officer Lola Olufemi and senior leaders including Vice-Chancellor Professor Stephen Toope talk about how we can all promote zero tolerance of harassment. If you have been affected by any of the issues in this film, please visit for help and advice.


The Master, Professor Nicola Padfield, Fellow Dr Rogier Kievit and the Chaplain, Revd Helen Arnold, supported the launch of the #BreakingTheSilence campaign on social media. Professor Padfield said: “Harassment, sexual or otherwise, is criminal, Of course, we have zero tolerance of abusive behaviour and it is deeply shocking that harassment remains widespread and that we have to make it clear that we don’t tolerate it.” 

Breaking the silence Nicola Padfield
Breaking the silence - Rogier Kievit
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