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Sexual violence - Quick help

Have you or someone close to you experienced a form of sexual violence or harassment?

Violating someone’s boundaries and abusing their trust is unacceptable. Regardless of the situation, it is never your fault if that happens.

The university is here to support you, whether you need practical help or a sympathetic ear.

You can find a brief overview of your options below. If you are in danger, call 112.

Sexual Safety Programme
What is sexual violence?

What is sexual harassment?


Sexual harassment refers to sexually loaded advances and behaviour that the person it is directed towards experiences as unwanted and intimidating. Often, this is behaviour that makes you feel unsafe – for example because it is humiliating, insulting, or hurtful. For example, it might be someone:

  • Making dirty jokes or sexually loaded comments about you
  • Asking you invasive questions about your sex life, such as whether or not you’re a virgin
  • Telling you an explicit story about their own sex life
  • Making sexual comments on your social media posts
  • Using social media to spread sexually loaded content, whether publicly or via a direct message
  • Calling you a slut or a whore
  • Pushing or provoking you into talking about sexual matters
  • Pressing you for romantic dates or hookups, even after you have said no
  • Messaging you sexual images
  • Using social media to spread sexually loaded content, whether publicly or via a direct message
  • Making suggestive gestures as you walk by
  • Giving you a shoulder massage without warning
  • Standing too close behind you

What is sexual assault?


Sexual assault refers to a situation in which someone is subjected to a sexual interaction without their consent and under duress. This may be a physical activity, but it doesn’t need to be. Some examples are:

  • Non-consensual penetration or attempted penetration, generally referred to as rape (using force or the threat of force to insert a penis or object in the vagina, anus, or mouth)
  • Attempted non-consensual penetration (attempted rape)
  • Non-consensual sexual touching, such as touching someone’s breasts, crotch, or bottom, or kissing, fondling, or rubbing up against someone in a sexual way.

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