Sexual and Domestic Violence

Aberdeen University has a zero tolerance policy on all forms of sexual violence and harassment, to ensure that all members of the university community feel safe and welcome on Campus. 

If you have been the victim of or have witnessed any incident of sexual violence or harassment, AUSA Advice can support you through reporting it to the university - email to arrange an appointment.

The University has an online reporting system, all members of the university community can report anonymously or report an incident and receive support from Student Support or HR. video:

In an Emergency always call 999. 


What is Sexual Violence?

Sexual violence encompasses all sexual offences involving physical contact; including Rape, sexual assault by penetration and sexual assaults. Rape is the penetration of the vagina, anus or mouth, by a penis, without consent. By definition only a male can commit rape, but any one, regardless of gender, can be a victim of rape. Sexual assault by penetration is the penetration of the vagina or anus by any body part or any object without consent. Sexual Assault is the touching of sexual nature of any body part without consent, such as, but not limited to, unwanted touching of breast or genitals, or unwanted kissing. 

What is Sexual Harassment? 

Sexual Harassment is any unwanted conduct of a sexual nature which violates a recipient’s dignity or creates a hostile environment. Verbal harassment can include but is not limited to, whistling, catcalling, sexual comments, sexual innuendo, spreading rumours concerning someone’s sex life. It can also be non-verbal harassments which included, but is not limited to, displaying pictures of a sexual nature, making sexual gestures or sending unwanted sexual content to an individual. 'Revenge porn' is also consider to be sexual harassment. Anyone can be the victim of sexual harassment and anyone can be the perpetrator.  

What is Consent?

Consent is defined in section 74 of the Sexual Offences Act 2003. In order to give consent you must agree by choice and have the freedom and capacity to make that decision. An individual may not have the capacity to give consent due to drink, drug, sleep, age or mental disability. Consent can be withdrawn at any time. Video - Consent Explained - 'Consent & Tea'