Sexual consent e-induction materials
New undergraduate residents will have seen this as part of their e-induction prior to arriving at Bristol
The University of Bristol and Bristol Students’ Union (Bristol SU) are working together with the help of Somerset and Avon Rape and Sexual Abuse Support (SARSAS) to raise awareness about sexual consent. This information includes resources that have been provided to the University by SARSAS.
Sexual consent can sometimes be misunderstood and a number of myths surrounding sexual consent are commonplace in society.
The University and Bristol SU believe that this is an important issue, and we want to encourage our students to think about and discuss sexual consent.
When you arrive at the University you will have the chance to talk about sexual consent with the people you live with in organised workshops. This e-induction is designed to help you think about this important issue before you get here.
This section of the e-induction is about sexual consent. Some people may find some of the content challenging, especially if they have had a very difficult experience that relates to this issue, or they are aware of someone close to them who has. If this is the case and you do not wish to continue, you don't have to.
What is Sexual Consent?
Sexual consent means a person willingly agrees to have sex or engage in a sexual activity – and they are free and able to make their own decision. Making sure you get and give consent before having any kind of sex with another person (or people) really matters.
Sex without consent is rape or sexual assault.
What does the law say?
The law says:
- ‘A person consents if they agree by choice, and have the freedom and capacity to make that choice.’
- ‘A person commits rape if they intentionally penetrate the vagina, anus or mouth of another person with their penis without consent.’
- ‘A person commits sexual assault if they intentionally touch another person, the touching is sexual and the person does not consent.’
The law recognises that a person might not have sufficient capacity because of their age or because of a mental disorder. The amount someone has had to drink or the drugs they have can also affect their ability to consent.
What is the age of consent?
- The age of consent to any form of sexual activity is 16 for both men and women.
- There are specific laws in place to protect children under the age of 13 who cannot legally give their consent to any kind of sexual activity.
- A person under the age of 18 cannot consent to sex if it is with a person who has a duty of care or is in a position of authority or trust, such as a teacher, doctor or lecturer.
- If you repeatedly ask for consent and are refused, this can count as sexual harassment.
Consent? It’s as simple as tea…
Please take a few moments to watch this short film about consent.
Take the consent quiz
To test your understanding of sexual consent, take the short ‘Pause Play Stop’ consent quiz.