My mother started showing signs of early-onset Alzheimer’s about four years ago, when I was 19 years old, several years before I arrived in Oxford on a Rhodes scholarship. We didn't realize this at the time, but her disease would accelerate very quickly. In three years, she progressed from early retirement to a secure dementia ward in a long-term care facility.
Last year, we witnessed a cultural tide turning in Oxford. With every Junior Common Room and 8 Graduate Common Rooms in Oxford offering sexual consent workshops, where over 70% of the undergraduate common rooms made theirs compulsory, the conversation about the importance of great consent practice is growing louder.