Sexual Abuse and Sexual Violence Awareness week is the UK’s national week to raise awareness of sexual abuse and violence with the hope of highlighting specialist support and to stand together with so many people who have experienced it. 

Awareness to Empowerment: Legal Understanding of Sexual Violence and How to Access Support - Friday 9th February 2023, 12pm (Virtual/Online)
This talk aims to raise awareness of the laws surrounding sexual abuse and sexual violence while emphasizing the importance of seeking support. It provides a high-level overview of the legal frameworks around the Sexual Offences Act 2003 and consent, supporting both staff and students to understand their rights and responsibilities.  Additionally, the talk focuses on ensuring that our entire community is aware of where to seek further assistance and advice, whether as a survivor or as an active bystander, we all have a part to play in combating sexual abuse and sexual violence.

How to Register
Email to register your place.

Accessibility Information
  • Auto closed captioning will be enabled, so attendees can turn this feature on during the event.
  • Camera and microphones will be disabled for attendees. Only the organisers and speakers will be able to use their cameras and microphones.
  • For the majority of the event, up to two people (the speakers) will appear on camera.
  • There will be no general chat function for attendees.
  • The event will be recorded, however the Q&A will not be recorded
  • Moderators will be present on the call ensure that the ULaw code of conduct is adhered to.
  • We will follow up with all registered attendees via email after the event, to ask for feedback and links to signposted services.
If anyone interested in the event has accessibility needs that are not covered/met by the above information, please let us know at
Need Support?
Please be advised that this week may be distressing for some individuals. If you find yourself feeling emotionally impacted or need support, please reach out to the designated support services in the University or within your community. Additionally, self-care is encouraged, and you may choose to step out or skip specific sections if needed. We are committed to creating a safe and supportive environment for all attendees.
If you require urgent in-the moment advice please contact Rape Crisis 24/7 Rape & Sexual Abuse Support Line on 0808 500 2222. To find out more about specialist external support click here.

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