Our commitment

Victoria University has a commitment to supporting a learning environment that is free from sexual violence.

Male lecturer holds protest sign reading 'sexual violence is never okay'.

Response to sexual violence

At Victoria University, victims/survivors of sexual violence can:

  • Expect to have disclosures of sexual violence taken seriously and to be treated with respect.
  • Be treated in a manner that is free from blame.
  • Decide whether or not to disclose a crime to the police and participate in legal proceedings (as well as the right to consult with a trained university professional about this decision).
  • Request that Victoria staff investigate whether there are any reasonable steps that can be taken to prevent unwanted and avoidable contact with the alleged offender.
  • Request support to apply for a variation to the assessment process if it would be unfairly onerous to attend class, complete assignments and/or sit exams.
  • Choose to seek help from within the University, or be referred to community resources.

Sexual violence is a crime

Any sexual act done without consent is an act of sexual violence. This is a crime.

“Sexual violence” and “sexual assault” are some of the terms commonly used to refer to violations of consent. In New Zealand’s legal code, the term “Sexual Violation” is used to refer to rape and other forms of sexual violence.

Sexual Violation is legislated in the Crimes Act 1961, Section 128.  “Sexual violence” is an umbrella term—it can be used to refer to a range of violations of consent. This could include harassment (such as unwanted sexual comments or advances) or sexual assault (including rape).