Consent means actively agreeing to sex or sexual contact with someone. Consent lets someone know that sex is wanted. Sexual activity without consent is rape or sexual assault.
What is sexual violence?
Sexual Violence is the general term that is often used to describe any kind of unwanted sexual act or activity, including sexual assault and rape, amongst many others.
Is sharing other people’s photos sexual violence?
Laws around the making and sharing of non-consensual intimate images are to be reviewed under plans to ensure protections keep pace with emerging technology. The move builds on government action in recent years to better protect victims and bring more offenders to justice, including making ‘upskirting’ and ‘revenge porn’ specific criminal offences.
Who can be victims of sexual violence? Is it just women? Just heterosexual people?
Anyone can be a victim of sexual violence or abuse, regardless of their gender or sexual orientation. This devastating abuse and violence does not discriminate.
How do I know if I’ve been a victim?
If something sexual has happened and you did not consent or agree to this happening, then you should seek advice around your options for support and help. You will be under no pressure to report to the Police or do anything you are unsure about, but it’s important that you understand that support and advice is available to you.
How do I get help?
There are lots of options for help and support if you have been affected by Sexual Abuse or assault, both locally and nationally. If you are in immediate danger following a sexual assault, call the Police on 999 immediately for help.
You may be unsure around what to do, or whether to report the attack to the Police. Juniper Lodge is a Sexual Assault Referral Centre (SARC) located in Leicester. The staff there will be able to offer you options, based on your circumstances and support you while you make a decision. This is a free and confidential service, offering non-judgemental support and no pressure to report to the Police. Contact them on 0116 273 3330 or by email at [email protected].
United Against Violence and Abuse (UAVA) have a free and confidential helpline, call them on 0808 80 200 28, text support is: 07715 994 962 or by email on [email protected]. If you have experienced sexual violence they can help as they have specially trained staff who can talk to you and offer guidance tailored to your need. If you are a concerned friend or family member, UAVA can offer advice around the options available to the victim and yourself.