Sexual Violence

Disclosing personal circumstances

Sexual violence is a term used to describe all sexual acts that a person is forced to perform, undergo or witness. We can make a distinction between 'hands-on' and 'hands-off' violence.

Sexual violence or harassment is most common in students' age category. If you are/were a victim of sexual violence (sexual assault, rape) feel free to reach out for help or support as it is in place. We know that it really takes courage to take this step and hope this info will be of help.

Within the Student Well-being Canvas site you can find elaborate info on sexual violence, course of action and (self-help) resources. This webpage contains the most important info.

If you know someone who has been a victim of sexual violence, you may also benefit from the information on the Canvas site. For example, you may want to know what you should or should not do as a friend or fellow student. Your own attitude can have a great impact on the victim and his/her complaints.


In general, if sexual violence has taken place in the Netherlands, Dutch law applies. Since 2020 the ‘sex act’ is in place. Having sex with someone of whom you know or can suspect that he or she does not want to, is not immediately rape, but it is a punishable offence. This means that (explicit) consent is key.

Tea and Consent (youtube video)

Where to turn to

  • Within UT
    • In case the violence is in any way related to a UT association or occurred within your study programme it is highly recommended to contact the student confidential adviser. The adviser will guide you through the complaints procedure if you decide to make a case.
    • Student psychologist in case you develop psychological complaints.
    • Study advisers do have basic knowledge about sexual violence/procedures to follow. Your study adviser can help you in case the violence impacts your study progress or arrangements need to be made within your programme.
  • Outside UT