OXFORD AGAINST SEXUAL VIOLENCE
Oxford Against Sexual Violence is a joint campaign between the University and Oxford University’s student union, Oxford SU, sending a clear message that sexual harassment and violence of any form is never acceptable.
SUPPORTING OUR STUDENTS
We are working with students to prevent sexual harassment and violence, and are taking steps to gain a better understanding of the issues at Oxford. Our Consent Matters online training programme is available to all students; and we are in the process of reviewing our consent workshop provision across the institution. We are also exploring how we can learn from student experiences to change our culture.
WHAT IS SEXUAL HARASSMENT AND VIOLENCE?
Sexual harassment and violence is any unwanted sexual behaviour which takes place without consent, whether someone knows the person or not. It can happen regardless of gender, sexual orientation, race, religion or age. It does not always happen in person. It may happen online, for example on social media, via email or messaging.
Sexual harassment and violence can include:
Catcalling, wolf-whistling, leering, unwanted comments or jokes about a person’s body, clothing or sex life
Stalking someone or following them (in person or online)
Unwanted physical contact, such as groping, sexual assault, abuse or rape
Domestic or relationship abuse
Unwelcome sexual requests
Non-consensual photos like up-skirting or sharing of explicit material.
ABOUT THE SUPPORT SERVICE
The Sexual Harassment and Violence Support Service is a safe place for all students to be heard, regardless of age or gender, who have been affected by sexual harassment or violence of any kind, domestic or relationship abuse or stalking at any time.
Our team of highly trained Specialist Advisors and an Independent Sexual Violence Advisor (ISVA) provide free and confidential support and advice that is independent of your college or department. From practical support to keep you safe and feeling safe, help with managing the any impact on your studies, and emotional support, we are here to support you at your pace, whatever choice you make. The University has separate dedicated advisors to support students accused of sexual misconduct.
Current students looking to speak to one of our advisors should complete our online self-referral form.
For further information, see ox.ac.uk/supportservice.
Consent Matters is an online, interactive consent programme for all students at the University of Oxford. It offers initial training helping to build understanding of consent, respect, boundaries and positive intervention. Talking about sex can be difficult, and through the completion of the programme we hope students will learn how to recognise and ask for sexual consent, look out for others at the University, and find support if it’s needed.
Students can find out more at www.ox.ac.uk/consent