Sexual violence is never okay. We want you to feel that you can talk to us about these issues, and access our support if you are affected.
We believe that all members of our community have the right to be treated with dignity and respect. And we continue to reflect on what more we can do to challenge and eradicate sexual violence and harassment.
You can report any incidents of sexual violence or harassment using our online reporting tool, Unsilenced.
Sexual violence is any unwanted sexual comments and non consensual sexual acts and activity.
Examples of sexual violence
Consent is agreeing by choice and having the freedom and capacity to make that choice. Capacity is based on the person: being the right age, being sober, having the mental and physical ability to agree freely, not being threatened or afraid of harm and not being detained against their will. Consent should not be presumed from a previous sexual encounter but should be sought at every stage.
Sexual violence is contrary to the Sexual Offences Act 2003, sexual harassment is contrary to the Equality Act 2010 and neither will be tolerated under the University’s Rules, Regulations and Procedures for students which also includes more in depth definitions.
If the rape or sexual assault happened recently (within 7 days), you can have a medical examination carried out at your nearest Sexual Assault Referral Centre (SARC). They can also support you with counselling and crisis/ongoing support. You do not have to report the incident to the police to access this service.
If you are a commuting student, you can use the NHS search tool to find your local SARC.
You can also access support from our Independent Sexual Violence Advocate (ISVA). She is here to listen to you, believe you and offer you support and advocacy. You can find out more about what ISVA support looks like and how to access support on our Harassment Support Network page
The Counselling and Wellbeing Service is available to all ARU students and offers a free and confidential service to promote mental health and wellbeing.Find out more