Sexual Violence and Harassment

What is sexual violence?

Sexual violence is defined as: "any sexual act, attempt to obtain a sexual act, unwanted sexual comments or advances, or acts to traffic, or otherwise directed, against a person’s sexuality using coercion, by any person regardless of their relationship to the victim, in any setting, including but not limited to home and work" (World Health Organisation).

Rape is when someone puts their penis into (penetrates) the vagina, anus or mouth of another person without their consent.

Assault by penetration is when someone puts another part of their body, or an object, into another person’s vagina or anus without that person’s consent.

Sexual assault is when someone touches another person in a sexual way, without that person’s consent.

Sexual harassment is unwanted behaviour of a sexual nature, which violates a person's dignity, or creates an intimidating, hostile, degrading, humiliating or offensive environment for them. Examples of sexual harassment include:

  • 'Banter', wolf-whistling or comments of a sexual nature
  • Questions or jokes about a person's sex life
  • Texts, messages or emails with content of a sexual nature
  • Unwanted physical contact and touching
  • Using sexual images without the subject's consent, e.g. posting images on social media


What is sexual consent?

To give sexual consent, a person must willingly and freely agree to engage in a sexual activity and be able to make their own decisions.


  • A person who is incapacitated by drugs or alcohol cannot give consent to sexual activity
  • A person who is asleep or unconscious cannot give consent to sexual activity
  • Agreeing to engage in one form of sexual activity, e.g. kissing, does not indicate consent to all forms of sexual activity
  • Consent can be withdrawn at any time
  • Giving consent to sexual activity once does not indicate consent to that activity in the future
  • Someone who is forced to do something against their will is not giving consent

Sexual activity without consent is rape or sexual assault.


Sexual Consent: It's as simple as tea

Report Bullying, Harassment and Sexual Violence

Use the Reporting form to tell us if you have been affected by sexual violence or harassment.

A member of our First Responder team will be in touch to offer support.

You may submit an anonymous report, but we will not be able to contact you to provide support, formally investigate or take disciplinary action.

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