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Oxford student activist resigns over non-consensual sex act


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Oxford anti-racism activist Annie Teriba has resigned after admitting consent issue after having sex at an NUS conference.

Teriba, posting on her Facebook profile, which has since been deleted, outlined that she had sex at NUS black students' conference but that the other party later informed her the sex was not consensual.

Teriba is resigning from the NUS black students' committee, NCAFC's national committee, and the people of colour and racial equality officer at Wadham SU, Oxford in addition to the editorship of the No Heterox** publication, which describes itself as 'a zine for queer and trans voices.'

In an unrelated incident, she explains in her first year, she "touched somebody in a sexual manner without their consent."

Teriba was pictured by student paper Cherwell, campaiging in June last year saying: "Oxford union need to take genuine steps to combat rape culture."

The activist said she would step back from political campaigning

Apologising, Teriba said: "I am deeply sorry for the hurt I caused."

Teriba has not been arrested or charged with any offence.

The full statement, courtesy of Cherwell:

This statement explains why I will be stepping back from political campaigning from now.

(I owe you a proper explanation, so will go into details here which you may find triggering.)

At this year’s NUS Black Students’ Conference, I had sex with someone. The other party later informed me that the sex was not consensual. I failed to properly establish consent before every act. I apologise sincerely and profoundly for my actions. I should have taken sufficient steps to ensure that everything I did was consensual. I should have been more attentive to the person’s body language. In failing to clarify that the person consented to our entire encounter, I have caused serious irreparable harm.

In a separate incident, in my first year of university, I was alerted to my inappropriate behaviour whilst drunk in a club, where I had touched somebody in a sexual manner without their consent. Therefore this is not an isolated incident. I apologise sincerely and profoundly for my actions.

With these incidents I have rightly lost the trust of those who I organise with and fully intend to work to ensure that I both put my politics into practice in my personal relations and to prove to them that I am committed to transformation. As such, it would be wrong of me to accept platforms and access spaces until I have done so.

In order to ensure the safety of others, I will be taking a number of steps:

i) I breached NUS’s safe spaces policy, so will not be attending future NUS events.

ii) I am resigning from all the political positions I hold – from NCAFC’s National Committee and from the NUS’s Black Students’ Committee, and as editor of the No Heterox** zine and as the People of Colour and Racial Equality Officer at Wadham SU, Oxford.

iii) I will be stepping back from prominent campaigning in other forums, including‪ #‎RhodesMustFall and rs21.

iv) I commit to getting help with how I consume alcohol. It is clear that I lack self-awareness and become sexually entitled when I am drunk. This does not excuse my actions, I am wholly responsible for the damage that I have caused.

v) I commit to educating myself properly about consent by reading zines and other materials which have kindly been made available to me.

vi) I commit to seeking help from perpetrator organisations - for example, I have taken steps to establish contact with RESPECT and will be seeking out organisations who specifically deal with sexual violence.

I am deeply sorry for the hurt I caused.

Yours, Annie Teriba

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