What is sexual violence?
Sexual violence is any sexual conduct that a person does not consent to. It involves all unwanted sexual contact including kissing, groping, rape and enforced sexual acts.
SEXUAL ACTIVITY WITHOUT CONSENT IS A CRIME.
Sexual violence occurs in all genders and sexualities and most commonly occurs between people who know each other in some way.
Within the realms of sexual violence are terms such as sexual harassment and misconduct. These refer to a broader range of inappropriate, unwelcome behaviours of a sexual nature. See the sexual harassment pages for more information.
Did you know:
Almost two thirds (62%) of students and graduates have experienced sexual violence at UK universities!
Only 1 in 10 reported their experiences to the university or police; only 6% of respondents reported their experience of sexual violence to the university!
70% of female students and recent graduates have experienced sexual assault, as well as 26% of male students, 61% of non-binary students, and 73% of disabled students!
At UCLan we believe the victim is NEVER to blame.
Our students should have the right to feel safe wherever they are, whatever they wear and how ever they act.
What is Consent?
A person consents if they agree by choice, and have the freedom and capacity to make that choice.
Freedom means not being constrained or manipulated in any way to agree to sexual activity.
Having capacity means the person can make and communicate a decision, understand the consequences and know they have a choice.
It is ok to consent to one form of sexual activity but not to another and it can be withdrawn at any time.
Tea and sex aren't quite the same thing but we like the analogy for those who struggle to grasp it!