Support Resources

With the support of our partners Oxfordshire Mind and Oxfordshire Sexual Assault and Rape Crisis Centre (OSARCC) we have put together some resources to provide more information on consent and sexual violence, plus some great ways you can look after your wellbeing. 

What is consent?

Having choice + freedom + capacity = consent

Choice

Having all the information to make an informed decision 

Freedom

If you do not feel safe saying “no” then you’re not really saying “yes”. Not having freedom might not always be physical, it might be emotional and psychological pressure too.

Capacity

Having the ability to make an important decision. 

For example: 

  • Someone who is drunk or on drugs, whose judgement is impaired, cannot give consent. 
  • Anyone under 13 years old cannot give consent. 
  • An unconscious person cannot give consent. 

Myths and Facts

False allegations of rape are higher than with other crimes? FALSE

The rate of false allegations is no higher than with other crimes, in fact it’s often lower.* Sometimes men are particularly worried that they’ll be falsely accused of rape, but they shouldn’t be – they’re far more likely to be a victim than to be falsely accused, so it’s in their interests to support and believe victims.

*Kelly, Liz. (2010). The (In)credible words of women: False Allegations in European Rape Research. Violence Against Women, 16, 1345-1355

Women that wear tight clothes are more likely to be raped? FALSE

Rape and sexual assault is about power and control over another person and not about sexual desire. Clothes or appearance are not the reason a person experiences abuse, the perpetrator is, and there is no excuse for not respecting boundaries.

It can’t be rape if they didn’t fight back? FALSE

The fact that there is no visible evidence of violence does not mean that a woman has not been raped. Faced with the reality of rape, women make second-by-second decisions, all of which are directed at minimising the harm done to them. Many freeze to avoid further physical harm, which can be a perfectly rational response to a horrific situation.

Looking after your wellbeing

If you think something might have happened without your consent first of all, it was not your fault, and you did not deserve what happened. If you would like to speak to a professional from OSARCC or ask a confidential questions please get in touch here

 Not from Oxford? Click here to find other Rape Crisis Centre’s 

What is wellbeing?

Wellbeing is about feeling good and functioning well. It includes feeling positive, having a sense of purpose and belonging and being able to cope with problems and change.

Five Ways to Wellbeing

Just as there are steps you can take to look after your physical health, there are practical ways to improve your wellbeing. Some great tips to help improve your wellbeing are:

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