If you think someone you know has been sexually harassed, there are many ways in which you can help them.
Understanding the behaviours associated with sexual harassment is a good place to start. Some people may want to share what has happened or is happening to them, and how it's making them feel.
Sexual harassment is unwanted behaviour of a sexual nature which violates dignity, makes someone feel intimidated, degraded or humiliated, or creates a hostile or offensive environment
- Are they in immediate danger? If they are in immediate danger or seriously injured, call 999 (or 112 from a mobile).
- Find a safe space. If an incident has just occurred, try to help them find somewhere they feel safe. If this isn't possible and they are scared or fearful, you can suggest they call Security on 01225 87 5555.
- What is sexual harassment? It might be useful to think about what sexual harassment is and how some of the behaviours may present.
- Listen. Just taking the time to listen to someone and talk about what has happened can help. These six active listening tips might help you support them. Published on Oct 4, 2015 Based on the Samaritans guidelines for active listening
- Give options - when they have finished talking, ask them if they are open to discussing some possible options and next steps.
- Student Wellbeing Service - you can talk to a trained member of staff called a SVLO (Sexual Violence Liason Officer) who will listen and advise you on the options, as well as a Mental Health Advisor who can support you in your mental health and wellbeing.
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 request support from an advisor. If you choose to speak with an advisor, they will be able to confidentially discuss the options and support available to you.
University Procedure - if you choose to make a formal complaint to the University against a student or a member of staff, there are procedures which set out the steps that will need to be followed.
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.