Sexual harassment is any unwanted behaviour of a sexual nature that makes you feel intimidated, degraded or humiliated, or creates a hostile or offensive environment. Here are some examples:
- Sexually degrading comments, gestures or staring at your body
- Sexual jokes or propositions
- Sexual content in emails, texts or social media messages
- Showing sexually explicit pictures in your space or a shared space, like your workplace, library or flat
- Unwelcome physical behaviour, such as groping
It’s important to remember that you don’t have to have complained about the behaviour in the past for it to be harassment. If it makes you feel uncomfortable, it’s not okay.
Sexual assault is a sexual act inflicted on someone without their consent. It can also mean forcing or manipulating someone to witness or participate in sexual activity without their consent. It does not have to involve physical violence or weapons.
If you’ve been subjected to sexual harassment or assault, it’s not your fault. It’s the fault of the harasser/assaulter and such behaviour will not be tolerated at the University.
That’s why we, along with the Guild of Students, offer a range of services to make it easy to report sexual harassment or assault on campus should you wish to do so and receive the support you need afterwards.
All services are completely confidential and available to you for as long as you need them. They’re even open to you if you’ve been subjected to sexual violence or harassment before you came to the University. While you’re with us, it’s our job to provide the support you need.
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If you’re a member of staff and a student discloses sexual harassment or assault to you, this guide will help you provide the appropriate support.