You’ve probably heard all about consent before, but how much do you actually know? Do you know exactly what consent is? Or the UK laws around sexual harassment? What about image-based abuse? Or how to support a friend through their experiences? It’s not as simple as ‘No’ means ‘No’. ‘Yes’ can mean no too.
It’s your responsibility to get clued up.
If this issue is triggering to you, please don’t feel like you need to read our consent guide. We’ll be speaking quite plainly about some sensitive issues.
While reading, you may find that this guide affects you more than you thought it would. If this is the case, then think about seeking further support. We’ve put together a list of support services that you can find at the bottom of this page.
However, if this topic makes you uncomfortable because this isn’t something that you usually think or talk about, then do read on. It’s important to understand consent and to be able to communicate openly about this issue.
Read our full consent guide here.
If you have been sexually assaulted, it is important to remember that it wasn't your fault. Sexual violence is a crime, no matter who commits it or where it happens. Don't be afraid to get help. Read our step-by-step advice here, which includes information about how to report to AUB, as well as links to further support services.
What is consent?
Sexual Harassment & The Law
Image Based Sexual Abuse
Supporting Friends & Key Info
Uni Life & Practical Steps
• AUB Student Support: provide on-campus wellbeing and counselling support with staff who have received training in sexual assault
• STARS Sexual Trauma And Recovery Service: offers specialist emotional and practical support to survivors who has been affected by sexual trauma of any kind at any time, including ongoing counselling
• The Shores: Dorset Sexual Assault Referral Centre (SARC) will collect evidence and can provide an ISVA to support through any criminal investigation and prosecution
• Over The Rainbow: provides sexual health services and support for the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender community
• Dorset Mind provide support, advice and information on mental health and can connect you with local support groups
• Samaritans Helpline offer a safe space for you to talk at any time and can help you explore your options, understand your problems better, or just be there to listen
• Sexual Health Dorset offers advice and information on sexual health and can provide STI screenings, pregnancy testing, contraception and emergency contraception
Check our calendar for on-campus sexual health drop-ins with Sexual Health Dorset