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Sexual assault and hate crime

Sexual assault or harassment

If you, or someone you know, has been affected by sexual assault or harassment please read the following information to find out what support and advice is available.

Sexual abuse may take many forms. In addition to rape and sexual assault, it includes sexual harassment, i.e. any behaviour that is humiliating, intimidating or hostile, and may include actions like derogatory name calling, belittling remarks, insults, threats, unwanted personal attention. It can also include any form of sexual activity that takes place without the other person’s full and informed consent - involving physical contact, words, or photographs online or by text message. 

Sexual abuse can happen to anyone regardless of age, gender, race, sexual orientation, religion, class, or background. The majority of rape and sexual assault are mostly carried out by someone known to the victim; a husband, boyfriend, friend, colleague or other family member. Sexual violence can also be committed by strangers. If you've been sexually assaulted you don’t have to report the assault to police if you don’t want to, however only the police can carry out a formal investigation into these types of matters.

The university takes a zero tolerance approach to any form of abuse and will take action against any student who is deemed to have breached the Student Disciplinary Procedures.

Report an incident

  • Use our online form to report an incidentYour report will be sent confidentially to dedicated staff within Student Services.

​If there is an emergency on campus call 01202 962222. For off campus emergencies call 999.

If you have been affected by sexual abuse there are services that can help both on campus and outside BU - please see the links at the bottom of the page.

Hate crime or incident

Hate crimes are those which are targeted at people because of hostility or prejudice towards their disability, race or ethnicity, religion or belief, sexual orientation or transgender identity. Such offences can include; verbal abuse, physical assault, domestic abuse, harassment and damage to property. 

We do not tolerate any form of hate crime at BU - please read our Dignity and Respect Policy - and related FAQ's - for more information. 

Report an incident

If an incident does occur, to you or someone you know, you can report it in any of the following ways:

  • Use our online form to report an incidentYour report will be sent confidentially to dedicated staff within Student Services
  • ​If there is an emergency on campus call 01202 962222. For off campus emergencies call 999
  • Direct to James Palfreman-Kay, BU's Equality and Diversity Advisor, by calling 01202 965327 or emailing jmpkay@bournemouth.ac.uk
  • Via BU's Neighbourhood Policing Team
  • Report to Dorset Police via the Dorset Police website, their Hate Crime2 App, or by calling 101 from any phone, including a mobile.

You can find more information about Equality & Diversity at BU online.

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