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Breaking the silence - preventing harassment and sexual misconduct


The University has invested in a number of initiatives to prevent harassment and sexual misconduct and to support students who have experienced harassment and sexual misconduct. 


  • Students' Union led consent workshops

Student representatives from each College receive training and material from the Students' Union that enables them to run a face to face consent workshop for first year students.  These workshops take place during freshers week and provide information to students about the nature of consent.

  • Consent Matters - online course

The University   is promoting an online course to students which focuses on sexual consent and to promote positive change in the University community.  This online course is available to all students,  and is particularly aimed at returning students and postgraduate students, who may not have the opportunity to attend a consent workshop. 

  • Good Lad workshops

The University Sports Centre and Cambridge Hub are working with the Good Lad Initiative (GLI) to establish a facilitator hub in Cambridge.  GLI Cambridge will train facilitators to run workshops for sports teams, college  societies and social groups.  These workshops create a dialogue about issues relating to gender and present a new framework within which to think about actions and consequences.

  • Intervention Initiative

A number of Colleges are piloting the Intervention Initiative, an eight hour staff facilitate bystander training programme, first developed at the University of the West of England.

  • University Sexual Harassment and Violence Advisor

This role provides specialist support to those students who have experienced sexual violence of any kind.  This advisor will be able to inform students of the internal and external support and reporting routes and provide advice and support to students.


External sources of support

Cambridge Rape Crisis Centre

Cambridge Rape Crisis Centre (link to www) offers support to women and girls who have experienced rape, childhood sexual abuse or any other form of sexual violence.

They are a confidential and non-judgemental service run for women by women.

They can also support family, friends and professionals who are supporting a survivor.


Cambridge Women's Aid provides dedicated and specialist services to women and children affected by domestic abuse:


The Samaritans offer a safe place to talk at any time. Tel 116 123


Stop online abuse

Online abuse can come in different forms. It is never acceptable. People have the right to expect the same standards of behaviour online as those expected in face-to-face interactions. If something is illegal, unfair or unacceptable face-to-face, then it is illegal, unfair or unacceptable online. More information and support are available at


Survivors UK - male rape and sexual abuse  

Survivors UK, based in London, offer individual counselling for adult men (18 and over) who have experienced sexual abuse at any time in their lives. They also offer telephone and online counselling with limited places, clients outside of London are prioritised for these services.

Tel: 02035983898