The 7th-13th February is recognised as Sexual Abuse and Sexual Violence Awareness Week. This annual event is dedicated to bringing together organisations and communities to promote awareness of sexual abuse and sexual violence.
Sexual abuse and sexual violence can happen to anyone, regardless of age, gender identity or sexual orientation and it can be incredibly challenging to reach out to get support, both directly after an incident and into the future. Individuals with a lived experience of sexual abuse or violence can experience re-occurring trauma from something that has happened to them previously, even if that was a long time ago.
All students can get support from University Wellbeing Services This includes supporting students to get away from a harmful situation, guiding them through their options in terms of reporting – (it always remains the choice of the individual should they wish to report), ongoing wellbeing support and support to deal with any impact to studies. The detail of these processes can be found in the Sexual Violence and Misconduct Policy
Students can use the Speak Up Reporting Tool to report any incidents of sexual assault, sexual harassment, domestic abuse or other violence or hate crime and use any of the following services.
Join the Sexual Abuse and Sexual Violence Facebook Group to find out more about this week and view national resources and campaigns
University support services
- Mental Health and Counselling: students can complete an online referral form for support
- Togetherall: mental health support online
- Listening Post: 10am - 4pm Monday to Friday in the Student Hub, students can talk to a trained volunteer listener about whatever they are feeling, and receive warm and friendly support and advice
- Pastoral and Spiritual Support: drop-in to 1 Kirkby Place between 10am and 4pm Monday to Friday, for some quiet time or an informal conversation
External support services