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Understanding Consent and Sexual Assault
What is Consent?
Consent is a voluntary agreement between two people before participating in any physical contact or sexual activity.
Consent can be withdrawn at any time by any person. Consent is NOT obtained when a person:
is forced or coerced
is manipulated by authority
is intoxicated or drunk
is not fighting back
Without consent, it is sexual assault! Watch this video about consent, made by students for students.
What is Sexual Assault?
Sexual assault, which includes rape, is an unlawful act that covers a range of forced and/or coerced sexual behaviours that are unwanted and have not been consented to. Sexual assault is considered a critical incident requiring a specific policy response from the University.
What is Sexual Harassment?
Sexual harassment is defined under the South Australian Equal Opportunity Act 1984 and the Commonwealth Sex Discrimination Act 1984. These Acts are administered by the South Australian Equal Opportunity Commissioner. Sexual harassment can include:
Intentional and unwelcome acts of physical intimacy
Requests or demands
(directly or by implication) for sexual favours
Remarks with sexual overtones made on more than one occasion where, in the circumstances, it is reasonable for the person to feel offended, humiliated and intimidated.