Preventing sexualized violence

Sexualized violence is broadly defined as non-consensual words, acts, or behaviors (physical or non-physical) that targets a person's sex, sexual orientation, or gender identity.

These behaviors, punishable by law in France, vary in nature but share a few common traits : non-consensual, they have the objective and/or the effect of causing humiliation, hostility, intimidation, threat, or degradation. They impact people of all genders and sexual identities and may take place in any type of relationship or among strangers.

Sexualized violence can have short-, medium- and long-term consequences on the health, social life, education, and careers of survivors.

The Helpline was created in order to educate the Sciences Po community about sexualized violence and to accompany survivors. Its missions are to:

  • inform the community about how to recognize the different forms of sexualized violence;
  • welcome and listen to survivors of violence, whether they are directly or indirectly concerned in a confidential, nonjudgmental safe space;
  • develop a support mechanism with the survivor that is adapted of the situation;
  • provide a bridge to the appropriate disciplinary procedures when necessary and with the consent of the survivor.
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