Sexual assault is a criminal offence and contrary to Goldsmiths Policy on Sexual Violence, Sexual Harassment & Sexual Misconduct.

A person commits sexual assault if they intentionally touch another person, the touching is sexual and the person does not consent.

It involves all unwanted physical contact of a sexual nature and ranges from pinching, embracing, groping and kissing, to rape and sexual assault which involves penetration without consent.

Consent is agreeing by choice and having the freedom and capacity to make that choice.

A person is free to make a choice if nothing bad would happen to them if they said no. 

Capacity is about whether someone is physically and/or mentally able to make a choice and to understand the consequences of that choice.

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