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Due to the Christmas closure period, reports received after 5 pm on the 22nd December 2020 will be responded to when the University is set to reopen on Monday 4th January 2021. If you need help over the Christmas break, then please see the resources available on this site, by visiting the links below. 

 What is Sexual Violence?

Sexual violence is any unwanted sexual act or activity. There are many different kinds of sexual violence, including but not restricted to: rape, sexual assault, child sexual abuse, sexual harassment, rape within marriage / relationships, forced marriage, so-called honour-based violence, female genital mutilation, trafficking, sexual exploitation, and ritual abuse. 

Sexual violence can be perpetrated by a complete stranger, or by someone known and even trusted, such as a friend, colleague, family member, partner or ex-partner. Sexual violence can happen to anyone. Anyone, of any gender or sexual orientation, can be subjected to sexual violence. 

Sexual violence is a criminal offence and contrary to York St John University and York St John University Students’ Union joint policy statement on sexual misconduct.YSJU and YSJU Student`s Union Sexual Violence Policy Statement 

What is Sexual Assault?

A person commits sexual assault if they intentionally touch another person, the touching is sexual and the person does not consent. It involves all unwanted physical contact of a sexual nature and ranges from pinching, embracing, groping and kissing, to rape and sexual assault which involves penetration without consent.

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