College of West Anglia is committed to providing a safe environment for our students. We have a zero-tolerance approach to sexual violence and harassment – it is never acceptable. We will take action to tackle this whenever it happens. All reports will be taken seriously, we will listen to you and will talk to you about how we can help and support you.
What is sexual violence?
Under the Sexual Offences Act 2003, sexual violence is described as:
- Assault by penetration
- Sexual assault
- Causing someone to engage in sexual activity without consent
What is sexual harassment?
Some examples of sexual harassment are:
- Sexual comments e.g. telling sexual stories, making lewd comments, making sexual remarks about clothes and appearance and calling someone sexualised names
- Sexual jokes or taunting
- Physical behaviour e.g. deliberately brushing past someone, interfering with someone's clothing and displaying pictures, photos or drawings of a sexual nature
- Online sexual harassment e.g. sharing nude or semi-nude images, sharing unwanted explicit content, upskirting, sexualised online bullying, unwanted sexual comments and messages, sexual exploitation (coercion and threats).
Reporting a concern
Here you can report incidents or concerns that have taken place both inside or outside of college about yourself or someone you are worried about. All reports will be taken seriously, we will listen to you and will talk to you about how we can help and support you. All information shared with us is confidential and will only be shared with others on a need-to-know basis if you or others are at risk.
We understand that some students do not want to formally report an incident. You can remain anonymous if you wish –please complete the form below. Please note that we will not be able to identify you or offer support if you do not include your name. Please remember that the CWA welfare team are always available to offer support if you change your mind.
If you need urgent support or at immediate risk, please call the emergency services on 999.
Report an incident or concern
To report an incident or concern please click here and complete the form
Once you have completed this form your details will be sent to the Safeguarding and Welfare team, who will contact you to talk about the information you have provided. All reports will be taken seriously, we will listen to you and will talk to you about how we can help and support you.
Report an incident or concern anonymously
To report a concern anonymously please complete the form below.
Please note that we will not be able to identify you or offer support if you report an incident or concern anonymously or be able to offer you support.
We will use the information that you have provided to monitor incidents at CWA.
Below are some support links that you might find helpful to find further information and support. Please remember that the CWA Welfare team are always available to offer support if you change your mind.
NHS – Help after rape and sexual assault
Get help and advice about a wide range of issues, call, talk to a counsellor online, send Childline an email or post on the message boards.
08 08 16 89 111
start a live chat
Victim Support is an independent charity dedicated to supporting victims of crime and traumatic incidents in England and Wales.
The Survivors Trust
Specialist rape and sexual abuse support services.
Rape Crisis England & Wales
0808 802 9999
Support for women and girls affected by rape, sexual abuse or any form of sexual violence. Provides details of local centres.
0808 802 0808 (freephone)
07717 989 022 (textline)
Support for survivors of rape and sexual abuse, and anyone supporting them. Includes a helpline, text support and email counselling.
The National Association for People Abused in Childhood (NAPAC)
0808 801 0331
Supports adult survivors of any form of childhood abuse. Offers a helpline, email support and local services.
0207 704 2040 (LGBT+hate crime helpline)
0800 999 5428 (NationalLGBT+ domestic abuse helpline)
Provides helplines and other support for LGBTIQ+ adults and young people whohave experienced hate crime, sexual violence or domestic abuse.
020 3322 1860 (SMS)
074 9181 6064 (WhatsApp)
Support for men who have experienced rape or sexual abuse, including text linesand an online chat service.