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 0161 306 9966.
- Manchester Safe Zone. If you are in the Oxford Road area you can go to one of the Manchester safe zones.
- The Manchester Safe Taxi Scheme. This scheme has been set up so that you can get home safely - if you don't have any cash, you can pay the fare the next day.
- 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.
- Independent Sexual Violence Advisors (ISVAs). The UMSU Advice Team, St Mary’s Sexual Assault Referral Centre (SARC) and Manchester Rape Crisis all have ISVA’s who 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. 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.
- Serious Sexual Assault. If a student or member of staff wishes to make a complaint involving a serious sexual assault they can contact the Director of Student Life or the Director of Human Resources directly. Find out more about the different types of sexual assault.
Mental Health and Wellbeing
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.
- Take care of yourself. It’s important that you take care of yourself. If you’ve heard something distressing or if something is troubling you, the University's Counselling Service offers confidential help and is open to both students and staff.