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UEA Safe Sex Station closed down after mass condom theft

20th February 2013

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More than a thousand condoms were stolen from the University of East Anglia’s Safe Sex Station last week, forcing the initiative to be suspended.

Teenagers, alleged to be students at a school adjacent to the university, also damaged information leaflets, made chlamydia tests unusable and opened packets of lube. Stolen condoms were found littered around the campus and in its surrounding area.

The more entrepreneurial amongst the vandals attempted to sell their loot in halls of residence, with freshers reporting children who appeared only ‘about nine or ten years old’ proffering condoms through their open kitchen window. At two for a pound, their prices were competitive with Poundland, but compared to picking up handfuls from the Student Union free of charge, they weren’t onto a winner!

The station was set up in a discreet location in UEA’s Union House after a survey found students felt self-conscious collecting free contraceptives from facilities such as the University Medical Centre.

Union LGBT+ Officer, Richard Laverick, expressed his disappointment that such an ‘amazing scheme’ had been damaged by the vandalism. The team behind the station is looking for a new location to distribute free condoms.

A recent report on safe sex services at Russell Group universities by online doctor service, DrEd, has highlighted the importance of access to free condoms and the right location for services. To read more click here

To read the original article by UEA’s student tabloid The Tab Norwich which broke the news about the vandalism of the station click here.

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