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Oxford student activist's 'victims' claim she raped them

Victoria Ward

Published 19/10/2015 | 12:19

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Two women allegedly sexually assaulted by an Oxford University student activist have accused her of rape and said she had tried to "paint herself as the victim" to gain sympathy.

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Annie Teriba, 20, last week published on online statement admitting that had "failed to establish consent" during sex with someone she met at the NUS Black Students’ Conference.

She admitted that she had inappropriately touched someone on a previous occasion and apologised for her actions.

But her apparent victims have claimed that the "mea culpa" was less than forthcoming and was only released after they confronted Miss Teriba.

They said Miss Teriba - the student union's lesbian, gay, bisexual and transsexual women's representative - was a liar, and claimed: "Let's be clear: Annie Teriba is a rapist."

The online statement, published on Tumblr, went on: "We find it particularly ironic that she has been a prominent voice against the very actions she herself has committed."

"She literally did blame it on the alcohol and also tried to paint herself as the victim in an effort to garner sympathy."

They also claimed Miss Teriba had been reluctant to use the word "rape" in her statement because of the potential legal implications.

Miss Teriba, from Woolwich, southeast London, wrote in a Facebook post which has since been deleted: "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.

“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.”

Thames Valley police declined to say if they were investigating any allegation of rape or sexual assault by Miss Teriba.

Miss Teriba could not be reached for comment. Oxford University declined to comment.

They said the confessional statement she released on October 9 was "by no means" the first statement she wrote.

"It took approximately three weeks for the statement to be finally released, which shows Annie has been hell-bent on dragging out this ordeal for us," they added.

 

Annie Teriba’s statement in full:

“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”

Telegraph.co.uk

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