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What is sexual assault? 
 
A person commits sexual assault if they intentionally touch another person, the touching is sexual and the person does not consent. 
 
It involves all unwanted physical contact of a sexual nature and examples might include unwanted pinching, embracing, kissing or touching of intimate body parts; to rape and serious sexual assault which involves penetration without consent. There are links at the bottom of this article which will provide you with further information about sexual assault and what it means.
 
Sexual assault is a criminal offence and contrary to the Equality Act 2010, which defines specific types of discrimination, and the University’s Student Disciplinary Procedure (Non-Academic) and Dignity at Work Policy.  For staff, sexual assault is also contrary to the Equality, Diversity and Inclusion in Employment Policy
 
We also offer support articles in relation to sexual harassment
 
Consent 
 
A person must have the capacity to give free agreement. Capacity is based on the person: 
  • Being the right age 
  • Being sober 
  • Having the mental and physical ability to freely agree 
  • Not being threatened or afraid of harm 
  • Not being detained against their will 
 
Tea and Consent        
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Find out more 
 
  • Citizens Advice: Provide information on rape and sexual assault 
  • West Midlands Police: Provide further information on definitions of sexual assault, rape and consent. 
  • Rape Crisis: Provide information on the different types of sexual violence. 
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