We hope that you found last Semester’s Consent Conversations useful in terms of building the confidence and knowledge to talk openly about consent and to remove the taboo associated with talking about sex. It is so important that we work together to challenge the myths surrounding sexual assault, rape, and sexual harassment, and work towards creating a caring and supportive community.
It is also important to recognise that anyone can experience sexual violence, regardless of gender or sexuality. It does not matter if you have previously consented to sexual acts with that person, or with others. Whatever the circumstances, nobody has the right to force you to have sex or touch you without your consent. If this happens to you, it’s important to remember it’s not your fault.
Sexual violence can take many forms but in general refers to unwanted sexual acts or activity, including, but not limited to: rape, sexual assault, and sexual harassment. These can be committed by strangers, by someone you know, or by someone of the same sex. They can also take place within a relationship or a marriage. This webpage includes some helpful definitions around sexual violence and consent.
If you believe that you have experienced sexual violence, you can report an incident to the University anonymously or with your personal details using the University’s Report + Support site. If you choose to report anonymously we will not be able to offer direct advice and are unlikely to be able to initiate any formal processes. If you report using your personal details, a Sexual Violence Liaison Officer will contact you to discuss support and possible reporting options (male and female advisers are available); you are not required to name the other party in order to receive support.
More information about support available and reporting options can be found here.
The Consent Collective provides a range of useful resources for both survivors of sexual violence and those who are passionate about advocating against sexual violence. You can access the materials using your University email address.
Alternatively, if you or someone you know has questions or would like to find out more about the support available to you, you can contact the Central Welfare and Guidance team at firstname.lastname@example.org. If you are resident in University accommodation, you can contact Residence Life at email@example.com.
Consent. It’s as simple as tea: https://www.sheffield.ac.uk/ssid/sexual-violence-harassment/video.