Sexual assault is a criminal offence and contrary to the University Respect@SOAS Policy

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 serious sexual assault which involves penetration without consent. 


A person must have the capacity to give free agreement. Capacity is based on the person:

  • Being the right age
  • Being sober
  • Having the mental and physical ability to freely agree
  •  Not being threatened or afraid of harm
  • Not being detained against their will.

Tea and Consent 

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 Find out more 

  • Citizens Advice. Provide information on rape and sexual assault
  • London Met. Provide further information on definitions of sexual assault, rape and consent.
  • Rape Crisis. Provide information on the different types of sexual violence. 

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