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February is Sexual Consent Awareness month

Published: 8 February 2019

This February, the Sexual Consent Awareness Society are hosting a number of events to create awareness and start discussions about sexual consent.

Sexual consent is when a person agrees by choice, and has the freedom and capacity to make that choice. Consent must be voluntary, explicit, and obtained prior to any and all sexual activity. Find out more about the definition of sexual consent here.

The Sexual Consent Awareness society’s purpose is to signpost to advice services and support for sexual assault, harassment, abuse, and rape. They aim to promote safe sex and focus on sexual consent.

There are various events to get involved with this month including a documentary screening, speed dating, and a presentation from the Sexual Consent Awareness Society and Yellow Door. See SUSU’s blog post or the SCA’s Facebook page for more information about each event.

The Sexual Consent Awareness Committee launched the SCA Survey in order to better understand sexual harassment, sexual assault and rape at the University. The survey is anonymous, and data gathered will only be used to inform the efforts to ensure a safe environment at University.

We realise that sexual assault, harassment, and rape can be difficult subjects. If you are a student who has been affected by sexual assault, harassment or rape, the University of Southampton and the Students’ Union can advise you on how to get help and support.

Expect Respect is a campaign by the Students’ Union and the University of Southampton raising awareness about sexual violence and promoting a zero tolerance approach to sexual violence in all forms.

If you have experienced any form of sexual assault, sexual harassment or rape, it is not your fault. There is support available to you both within the University and in the wider community, and we will help you access this in a way that feels comfortable for you.

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