If you think someone you know has been the victim of sexual misconduct
there are lots of ways in which you can help them.
Understanding the behaviours associated with sexual misconduct is a good place to start. Most people will be able to describe what has or is happening to them and how it's making them feel.
is any conduct that is sexual, unwanted and causes distress, or that otherwise constitutes harassment, bullying or victimisation. Sexual misconduct is contrary to the Equality Act 2010 and the University Dignity at Work and Study Policy (add link).
Are they in immediate danger?
If they are in immediate danger or seriously injured, you/they can contact the emergency services on 999 (or 112 from a mobile phone) and the University’s Security team
(if you’re on campus).
Find a safe space. If an incident has just happened, try and find somewhere they feel safe. If this isn't possible and they are scared you can call security on 02380 593311.
What is sexual misconduct?
It might be useful to think about what sexual misconduct is and how some of the behaviours are described.
Give options. When they have finished talking ask them if they are okay to talk through some possible options and next steps.
are volunteers from a variety of roles on campus who can provide confidential advice on what you can do in response to bullying and harassment. Contacting them does not begin any formal procedure and does not commit you to any action. They provide informal, personal support and advice based on experience and knowledge of the options available.
Report and Support.
Students and staff can report an incident using the University’s Report and Support system. They can choose to do this anonymously or they can request support from an advisor. If they choose to talk to an advisor they will be able to talk through the options and support available to the person, in confidence.
If they 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 you'll need to follow.
Reporting to the police.
You can report to the police on the phone, in person or using an online form. If you’re thinking of reporting sexual misconduct or domestic violence to the police, here is a useful Rights of Women
guide to understand the process of criminal investigation.
Report the incident anonymously.
You can call crime stoppers at any point on 0800 555 111 or use their online form.
Support for students can be accessed 24/7 via the Student Hub. Please call the Student Support Hub on +44(0)23 80599 599 and select option 2 for wellbeing or if you would prefer, email email@example.com.
The SUSU Advice Centre
is a free, confidential, impartial service where an advisor can talk through the procedure, how to complain, what options are available and support you through the process. This support includes checking draft complaints and attending any meetings with the University.
It is a safe space online to get things off your chest, have conversations, get creative and learn how to manage your mental health and wellbeing.Employee Assistance Programme
. EAP is a confidential and independent support service for university staff.