If you think you have been sexually assaulted, it may be hard to know what to do or how to feel. What happened was not your fault. What you do next is your choice.
- Are you in immediate danger? If you are in immediate danger or seriously injured, call 999 (or 112 from a mobile).
- Find a safe space - if possible try to find somewhere you feel safe. If this isn't possible and you are on campus, you can call security on 01225 87 5555.
- What is sexual assault? This section describes the different types of sexual assault that a person can experience.
- To a friend: Talking things through with someone you trust can sometimes help.
- To an Independent Sexual Violence Advisor: ISVAs are trained to look after the needs of a survivor of rape or sexual violence to ensure they receive the best possible care and understanding and to provide information to ensure an individual can make the decisions that are right for them. Students can meet with an ISVA from Safelink at the University. Please contact Student Support for an appointment.
- To Student Wellbeing Services: They will ensure you are able to access the services you need, including referral to specialist services, if this is what you want to do.
- Reporting to the Police - If you're thinking of reporting to the Police, rape crisis have produced a useful list of things to think about.
- Reporting the incident anonymously - You can call Crime Stoppers at any point on 0800 555 111 or use their online form.
- Report and Support - Students and staff can report an incident using the University’s Report and Support system. You can choose to do this anonymously, or you can request support from an advisor. If you choose to speak with an advisor, they will be able to discuss in cofidence the options and support available to you.
- Serious Sexual Assault - If a student or member of staff wishes to make a complaint involving a serious sexual assault, they can contact the Head of Student Wellbeing Services or the Director of Human Resources directly. Find out more about the different types of sexual assault.
- Find out what support is available if you have been sexually assaulted.
- Access the Somerset and Avon Rape and Sexual Abuse Support (SARSAS) service, including live chat here
1 in 4 people is affected by a mental health problem in any year and it is estimated that around 1 in 5 people has contemplated suicide or self-harm.
- Find out more about the support available for mental health
- Take care of yourself. If you’ve heard something distressing or if something is troubling you:
- Student Wellbeing Services provides confidential help and support for students
- Staff can speak with their line-manager, a Harassment Advisor, contact HR and access Lifeworks, the University’s employee assistance service.