University investigation after explicit video of student safe sex ball posted on the internet
Published 15/01/2013 | 16:53
A UNIVERSITY charity ball designed to promote safer sex is facing an investigation after one couple could not wait to put what they had learned into practice.
The annual Safer Sex Ball at the University of Exeter has always been controversial despite raising money for AIDs awareness because of its raunchy nature.
But the latest event in which most people arrived in just underwear hit a new low when footage of the event posted on the internet appeared to show a couple having sex.
CCTV footage taken in the student Ram bar caught the couple having intercourse against a wall and the film was later copied to a smart phone and went viral on the internet.
The Students' Guild has promised a full investigation and police say those involved in the sexual activity may have committed an offence along with those who leaked the footage.
A Guild spokesman said: "The students' Guild recognise that confidential CCTV has been filmed without permission. The Guild is making sure the affected parties will be supported during this difficult time.
"Measures were in place to provide high levels of security but we are aware that irresponsible behaviour has taken place and we are working hard to rectify the situation.
"A full investigation is under way in which action proportionate to the seriousness of the situation will be taken."
A Devon and Cornwall police spokesman said: "Putting CCTV footage on the Internet without permission could contravene the law.
“That would namely be data protection laws and human rights legislation – the right to privacy.
"Engaging in sexual activity in a public place could also constitute an offence depending on the form of sexual activity.
“But we would have to see the footage in question to officially comment on the incident itself."
Hundreds of students went to the Safer Sex Ball in December where they were handed free contraceptives during the late night do in which they came under fire for choosing a tribal theme – dubbed racist by some students.
The footage has been seen by many students on the Exeter campus and some have called it the 'video everyone is talking about'.
One male student said he was concerned “people can go into the monitor rooms and put footage of us all at university on the internet”.
The university has also just shut down its Exeter Uni Confessions site where students submitted their most "disgusting and hilarious confessions".
The Safer Sex charity Aids awareness ball has been running for more than 20 years raising up to £30,000 each time for charity.
By Richard Alleyne, Telegraph.co.uk