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Why am I taking this course?
Would you know what to do if someone told you that they had been sexually abused or assaulted? If they came to you and told you about an uncomfortable situation, are you confident that you could recognise sexual harassment?
If you work within a higher education institution, you have a duty of care to both students and colleagues. If someone discloses to you, you want to make sure that you recognise that it is a disclosure and that you respond in the most supportive and effective way possible, so that they can choose what to do next.
This course helps prepare you to respond to disclosures from anyone, including undergraduate and postgraduate students and staff, regardless of their gender, sexuality, age, ability, cultural or ethnic background, religion or belief, and socioeconomic status (or other unique identifying characteristics). To accomplish this, this course purposely uses a diverse range of scenarios to allow the learner to consider how they would respond to women, men and trans and non-binary survivors who may disclose sexual violence.
It is important to look after yourself, as the disclosure process may affect you personally.
By the end of this module, you will be able to:
This module covers some sensitive topics relating to sexual violence, which will be discussed explicitly. These topics include:
The module does not include explicit graphics or images, but it does include hypothetical scenarios exploring sexual violence and the impact of sexual violence.
If you are affected by any of the topics discussed in the module, please refer to the 'Support' pods on screen that offer links to support and advice, the dedicated 'Support resources' screen or the 'Looking after yourself' screen in Module 3.
If you find the content of the module to be difficult or triggering at any point, a 'Hide content' button will be accessible at all times. When selected, this will hide the content of the screen you are on. You may also operate the 'Hide content' function by pressing the 'esc' key on your keyboard. If you'd like to continue working on the module, you can then safely navigate to another screen without the content reappearing.
Using the module
We strive to make our content accessible to the widest possible audience. While the module is largely compliant with the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.0, there are some interactive objects that we can't make fully accessible. To address this, we provide a full text/print version of the module. This version can be accessed by selecting the 'Text/print version' option available at the top of each screen.
Throughout this module, there are additional learning opportunities in 'pods.' Exploring the information provided in the pods will enrich the learning experience.
At the very end of the course when you complete Module 3, you have the opportunity to test your learning further with a multiple-choice quiz. This consists of ten questions and can be taken more than once (in which case, a new set of questions will appear).
Please note that questions to all activities, including poll questions, are anonymous. Any responses provided for non-poll activities are not saved or collected and are only for your use.
The poll questions are designed to help you think about your own situation and attitudes, and to compare your responses to those of others taking the module. Your responses are anonymous and confidential.
Survivor is the term we have chosen to talk about the person who has been subjected to sexual violence. You are likely to also encounter the term, 'victim' or 'victim-survivor'. Different people will identify with different words; you should always take the lead from the person disclosing as to which term to use.
Sexual violence is the most commonly used term in this course because it refers to a range of violent and harmful sexual behaviours including, but not limited to, 'sexual harassment', 'sexual assault', 'sexual intercourse without consent', 'sexual penetration without consent', and/or 'rape'.
LGBT+ is the acronym we have chosen to use in this course. You may come across some uses of alternative acronyms. This is because when an organisation being referenced or cited does not use LGBT+, we use the arrangement used in its work when referring to it.
In this course we adopt the social model of disability and use identity-first language when discussing or referring to disabled people. We acknowledge that there are different opinions on whether identity-first or person-first language should be used, and respect everyone's right to choose the language that they prefer. While previously person-first language was considered the preferred model, there has been a movement towards identity-first language within the disabled community. It is for this reason that we have adopted identity-first language.
In addition to the online materials provided in this course, we have provided workshop activities to support a blended learning experience. These activities have been developed by the author and are suitable for in-person and online delivery. They are available in the Instructor Manual provided with this programme.
The programme was developed in collaboration with a range of experts.