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First do no harm: sexual violence and hostile environment training

Sexual violence, in all of its forms, is one of the most prevalent types of violence worldwide. The U.S. Center for Disease Control estimates that over half of women and almost one in three men have experienced sexual violence involving physical contact during their lifetimes. Given that sexual violence is one of the most common forms of violence people will face it should be a core part of any hostile environment training curriculum.

Yet, traditional hostile environment courses are still failing to make it a key learning priority or to teach it appropriately. In a recent survey, we asked a range of people what their experience of sexual violence training had been on traditional security courses. Here are a few of the answers: