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In response to Government advice relating to the coronavirus, we our moving our support services to video-call, telephone appointments and email guidance. You are still able to access confidential advice and support through this platform and an advisor will work with you to deliver this in the most accessible way for you.

Sexual Assault or Rape

If you have experienced sexual assault or rape, there is no right or wrong way to feel or be. What has happened is not your fault and you're not alone. Your safety and wellbeing are the most important things right now. 

Safety

  • Are you in immediate danger? If you are in immediate danger or seriously injured, you can contact the emergency services on 999 (or 112 from a mobile phone).
  • 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.  
  • Try talking to a friend.  Consider asking a friend or someone you trust to be with you.
  • Text Support.  If you feel you need to talk to someone immediately you can contact Shout, a free 24/7 text service for anyone struggling to cope. TEXT Shout to 85258.
  • 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.

 Support

  • At the University. To speak confidentially to an advisor you can make a report online.  A member of the team will then get in touch to discuss your options with you and will be able to offer appropriate practical and emotional support tailored to your circumstances. 
  • Independent Sexual Violence Advisors (ISVAs). ISVAs work with people who have experienced sexual violence to get them access to the services they need. They provide impartial advice on all the options available such as reporting to police, the criminal justice process, accessing sexual assault referral centres (SARCs), seeking support from specialist sexual violence organisations and other services. 
  • St Mary's Sexual Assault Referral Centre Manchester.  They can put you in touch with an ISVA and provide expert and comprehensive support in the aftermath of sexual assault or rape. There is no need to report to the police to be able to access St Marys. They can arrange tailored support for your physical, sexual and psychological health care needs as well as information, advice and support if you wish to report to the police.
  • Sexual Assault Referral Centre (SARC). If you are not currently based in Manchester, you can find your local Sexual Assault Referral Centre (SARC) by searching the NHS website. 
  • Manchester Rape Crisis (MRC) is a confidential support service run by women for women and girls who have been raped or sexually abused. They will listen, without judgement and with respect, to what you have to say. Their staff are fully trained and experienced to hear and respond with knowledge and caring.
  • Survivors Manchester offers a range of services for men who have experienced sexual violence at any point in their lives. They are a survivor-led/survivor-run voluntary organisation that aims to create and facilitate a safe space for male survivors to work through personal and sometimes painful issues.
  • Galop  is an LGBT+ anti-violence charity who support people who have experienced hate crime, sexual violence or domestic abuse.  They also support lesbian, gay, bi, trans and queer people who have had problems with the police or have questions about the criminal justice system.
  •  The National Stalking Helpline offers information and guidance to anybody in the UK who is currently or has previously been affected by harassment or stalking.  They offer a freephone number and email facility.

Reporting 

  • It’s your choice. It's completely up to you whether or not to report the incident. No-one else can or should make that choice for you. 
  • Reporting to the police.  Your friend or loved one will have the option of reporting what has happened to them to the police.  To report you can call the police on 101, visit your local police station or report it confidentially online. If they are thinking about this option, rape crisis provides further information on what would happen. 
  • Reporting to the University.  Students and staff can use this platform to request support from an advisor, who will be able to provide you with what options are available. This is confidential and does not instigate any kind of formal complaint or appeals process.  Should you wish to make a formal complaint you will be given the information on how to do so from the advisor assigned to you. 

Mental Health and Wellbeing

  • Take care of yourself. It’s extremely important to prioritise your self-care and wellbeing.
  • Coping after Sexual Violence. Rape Crisis Scotland has produced this guide on coping after sexual violence. 
  • Understanding Abuse. Survivors Manchester provide information on understanding abuse and cover both physical and mental health.  
  • Counselling Service. There are lots of self-help resources and information available on taking care of yourself on the University's Counselling Service pages.
  • The Big White Wall.  The Big White Wall 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.
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