At UTS we have zero tolerance for sexual assault, indecent assault and sexual harassment.
- is a crime.
- is any sexual behaviour which a person is forced, coerced or tricked into without consent.
- can happen to anyone, any age, any gender, any cultural background or sexual orientation.
- is never the responsibility of the person who has been assaulted.
People committing the crime of sexual assault often use tactics to make a person feel responsible for the sexual assault. This can make it frightening for someone to have the courage to reach out for help.
- is unwanted touching of a person's body.
- can include kissing or inappropriate touching of a person's breasts, bottom or genitals.
- is any unwanted or unwelcome sexual behaviour.
- offends, humiliates and intimidates.
- is not interaction, flirtation or friendship which is mutual or consensual.
- is mandatory
- occurs when a person freely and voluntarily agrees to sexual acts.
Sexual assault occurs when someone is unable to and/or does not give consent.
For more information about these definitions, please visit NSW Justice (opens external site), Australian Human Rights Commission (opens external site) and NSW Crimes Act section 61H (opens an external site).