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What is sexual assault and harassment?

Student being humiliated by group of peers


Sexual harassment and sexual assault is any unwanted, or uninvited behaviour of a sexual nature, which is offensive, intimidating or humiliating to another person. Sexual assault is sexual behaviour that has not been consented to and is an abuse of entitlement and/or power. 

Importantly, harassment and assault are against the law.

Sexual harassment can take many forms and may include:

  • physical contact or the threat of physical contact
  • spoken or written comments, including online
  • jokes
  • propositions or the display of offensive material or behaviour that creates a sexually hostile environment.

Sexual assault can happen to people of all ages, genders and sexualities, within or outside a relationship.

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Remember: sexual assault is never the fault of the victim.