Responding to Sexual Violence Responding to Sexual Violence

Sexual Violence can take many forms but in general refers to unwanted sexual acts or activity, including, but not limited to: rape, sexual assault, sexual harassment, sexual abuse of minors, and sexual exploitation.

These can be committed by strangers, by someone you know, or by someone of the same sex.  It can also occur in dating relationships or marriage.

These pages are designed to help you make an informed choice about what steps you might wish to take if you, or someone you know, has been the victim of sexual violence.

This link takes you to a leaflet produced in collaboration with the Students' Union and the UEA Sexual Assault Awareness Campaign - Sexual Assault: Advice and Guidance

Consenting to Sexual Activity Consenting to Sexual Activity

A person consents to participate in sexual activity if they agree by choice and has the freedom and capacity to make that choice. During the course of the activity consent can be withdrawn at any time.

The legal implications of not obtaining clear, coherent consent before sex can be serious. Our capacity to give consent can be reduced significantly by factors such as drinking alcohol and taking drugs. Everybody has a responsibility to ensure that their partner is free to, and has the capacity to, consent.

Ask yourself:

Are you free to consent?

Are you able to consent?

  • Someone who is drunk or high on drugs may well have lost the capacity to consent
  • Someone who is unconscious, asleep or unable to communicate cannot give consent
  • Someone who has been threatened, blackmailed or coerced is not free to consent
  • Silence is not consent

Understanding Consent Understanding Consent

Copyright ©2015 Emmeline May and Blue Seat Studios (

Emergency Help



Deciding What to do Next



On-going Support