Sexual Harassment and Sexual Assault

Safety and Wellbeing Sexual Harassment & Assault

Sexual Harassment and Sexual Assault

What is sexual harassment?  

Sexual harassment is any unwelcomed behaviour of a sexual nature that makes a person feel offended, humiliated or intimidated, and which a reasonable person, having regard to all the circumstances, would have anticipated the possibility that the person would be offended, humiliated or intimidated. more

What is sexual assault?  

Sexual assault is any unwanted sexual behaviour which makes a person feel uncomfortable, threatened or scared. Both women and men can be sexually assaulted. more

What is consent?  

Sexual consent is where a person has the ability and freedom to agree to sexual activity. It's important that you are 100% sure that the person you're with is happy and willing because non-consensual sexual activity (even kissing and touching) is against the law.

One of the best ways to determine if someone is uncomfortable with any situation, especially with a sexual one, is to simply ask. People always have the right to say 'no' and always have the right to change their mind at any time regardless of how far things have gone.  

Drugs and alcohol can affect people's ability to make decisions, including whether or not they want to be sexual with someone else. This means that if someone is drunk or under the influence of drugs, they cannot give consent.  

The Thames Valley Police, in the UK developed a short video in 2015 to demonstrate what constitutes consent by demonstrating sexual consent is as straightforward as making a cup of tea:

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