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 unacceptable.
The campaign focuses on promoting the Sexual Harassment and Violence Support Service, which opened for students in October 2018.
The service builds on existing activities, including consent and bystander intervention workshops for new students, and a range of welfare and support services provided in colleges and by the central University.
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 on online, for example on social media, via e-mail 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
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 provides a safe place for students be heard - independent of their college or department. We offer free support and advice to any student who has been affected by sexual harassment or violence.
The service is run by a team of trained specialist advisors and an Independent Sexual Violence Advisor (ISVA) who works independently of the University. We provide practical support to help you feel safe, manage any impact on your studies, and provide advice on reporting options. You can share as much or as little as you would like or feel able to.
We will support you at your pace, help you to explore your options, and we will be here for you whatever you choose to do.
Current students looking to speak to one of our advisors should email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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