Sexual violence: information, help and support for our students
We are committed to providing a safe, respectful and supportive environment for everyone in our community.
We all have a role to play in creating this environment together. Think about the ways in which you act and talk. Know about consent and, where possible, challenge sexual harassment, abuse and violence.
If you have experienced any form of sexual violence, try to remember that this is not your fault and you don’t have to go through this alone. Support is available from your university and from local specialist services.
Understanding sexual violence
Sexual violence is any behaviour of a sexual nature that is unwanted, without consent or understanding. This includes rape, sexual assault and sexual harassment.
Whether under the influence of drugs or alcohol, or not, groping someone without their consent is a form of sexual violence. It’s also not OK to make indecent or suggestive remarks, make unwanted requests or demands for sex, or share private pictures or videos without consent.
Sexual consent is agreeing by choice to have sex or to engage in any kind of sexual activity. The law is clear: having any kind of sex without getting consent is illegal, and sexual activity without consent is rape or sexual assault.
Don’t assume someone wants sex. If in doubt, stop and get confirmation. Be absolutely clear that consent has been given freely with no coercion and in a way that leaves no room for confusion or doubt.
How to get help if you need to
If you have experienced sexual violence, try to remember that this is not your fault, you are not to blame, and you are not alone.
In an emergency
Call police or ambulance on 999.
If you are on campus and at immediate risk or in need of security, call our 24/7 Security on 01273 642222.
Report an incident to the university and get support
You can report an incident directly to Student Wellbeing Team by calling 01273 642895 (Mon-Thur, 8.30am– 5pm, Fri 8.30am–4.30pm) or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Student Wellbeing Team staff will listen and talk you through your options for specialist support if you have not sought it already.
For more information, please review our leaflet, which contains information about sexual violence, consent, your options for reporting an incident as well as sources of support available.