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, you can call 999 (or 112 from a mobile).
- Finding a safe space. If possible try and find somewhere you feel safe. If this isn't possible and you are on campus you can call Security on 01227 922355.
- Safe Zone. You can also use the Safe Zone app to immediately contact Security if you are on campus.
- What is sexual assault? You can read more about what sexual assault is.
- To a friend. Talking things through with someone you trust can sometimes help.
- Independent specialist support. The Sexual Assault Referral Centre (SARC) Beech House and East Kent Rape Crisis Centre both have Independent Sexual Violence Advisors (ISVAs) who are trained to look after the needs of a survivor of rape or sexual violence, to ensure that they receive the best possible care and understanding. Contact them and ask to speak to an advisor in confidence. ISVAs are there to provide information to ensure an individual can make a decision that is right for them.
- 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 talk to an advisor they will be able to talk through the options and support available to you, in confidence.
- University Procedure. If you choose to make a formal complaint to the University against a student or a member of staff there are procedures that set out the steps you’ll need to follow