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Leeds University Students' Union targets sex pests in clubs

Sex pests targeting students in clubs and bars are the subject of a campaign to safeguard potential victims.

A campaign, called "We've got your Back", aims to train the staff at 30 bars and clubs across Leeds to spot and tackle sexual harassment.

The university, students' union, city council and police commissioner's office are involved in the campaign.

A union spokeswoman said problems were "prolific in loud, crowded environments where people drink heavily".

Gemma Turner, of Leeds University Students' Union, said: "We have a duty to make our campus and city safe for the 31,000 students at the University of Leeds, which is why we already have a zero tolerance to sexual harassment policy within the union, our own bars and venues.

"As we are passionate and committed about doing more to stamp out sexual assault in all its forms we are rolling out our own successful scheme on a wider scale across the city.

"It's critical that we have Leeds' bars and clubs on board because sexual assault harassment is particularly prolific in loud, crowded environments where people drink heavily.

"We must equip staff with the knowledge about how to deal with assaults, to help potential victims by creating safe and supportive environments for anyone in distress and by providing somewhere they can feel comfortable reporting crimes of this nature."

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