Sexual Harassment/Assault is unwanted behaviour of a sexual nature that violates your dignity, makes you feel intimidated, degraded or humiliated or creates a hostile or offensive environment. Read this page to find out more about sexual harassment and assault, how to report it and support available.
Sexual harassment is repeated unwanted behaviour of a sexual nature that:
Sexual harassment can be:
Sexual harassment can happen to women and men, transgender and intersex persons, and those who are non gender-conforming. It is not limited by sexual orientation.
Sexual assault is different. Sexual assault refers to a sexual act in which a person is forced to engage against their will. It is a form of sexual violence and can include:
Sexual assault is a statutory offense, meaning it can be punished by a court.
There are two main ways we recommend reporting a sexual assault:
Call the Bridge on 0117 342 6999
The Bridge is a Bristol-based Sexual Assault Referral Service. They provide information and practical support, where you can choose whether or not to report the incident to the police.
Call 999 to report the incident, as soon as you can after the crime.
If the assault happened recently:
The police will then:
The police have specialist teams who are trained to deal with rape and sexual assault. You can ask to speak to an officer or staff member who’s the same sex as you.
By reporting incidents or crimes when they happen to you, you may be able to prevent these incidents from happening to someone else. You will also help the police understand the extent of sexual crimes in your local area so they can better respond to it.