According to the OfS (2022) students are more likely to experience sexual assault. This, together with other forms of sexual misconduct, is likely to have a damaging effect on a student’s university journey. As such, all harmful sexual abuse is unacceptable and there is no place for it at the University of Bolton!
As a university community, we consider the safety and wellbeing of our students and staff to be very important. We want to ensure as far as possible, that students are able to learn and achieve safely, free from abuse, harassment and harm.
All students deserve to be treated equally and respectfully, for their voice to be heard, and to be given access to information so that informed choices can be made. This is rarely straightforward when considering the issues of sexual consent.
Therefore, the University of Bolton and the Bolton Students’ Union are committed to raising awareness and understanding of the issues surrounding sexual consent, violence, assault and abuse.
Student participation is crucial and to help achieve a safer, inclusive and respectful environment, this tutorial aims to help students engage with the complexities of consent.
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The following section contains sensitive content on sexual violence, that might trigger unwelcome or distressing memories or thoughts. While individuals may respond differently to content, it is not always possible to anticipate, or alert users to, all potential triggers. However, students should be mindful content in this tutorial refers to: sexual violence, assault, harassment, abuse and rape.
If you find this tutorial challenging, you are free to stop at any stage or skip to the ‘Getting Help’ section of the tutorial or the 'If you found this useful' section of this webpage, where you can find information on support available to you. You should also be aware that the University of Bolton provide appropriate wellbeing support, including services provided by Life Lounge, who can be contacted at: