We recently consulted over 4,500 students in partnership with Revolt Sexual Assault, to better understand sexual assault and harassment experienced or witnessed by students and graduates from across UK universities. Our national consultation ran from 13 December 2017 - 18 February 2018 and provides valuable insight which we believe will positively impact policy and student's lives.
70% of female and 26% of male students and recent graduates surveyed have experienced sexual violence (defined as sexual harassment and/or sexual assault), with groping and unwelcome / unnecessary touching in a sexual manner being the most commonly experience form of sexual assault. We also found that 39% of students that have been sexually assaulted or harassed were made to feel responsible for the incidences and 6% of those who had experienced sexual assault or harassment reported their experience of sexual violence to the university
What to do if you’ve been sexually assaulted?
While sexual assault comes in different forms, the one thing that is consistent and that we should all remember is that it is never the victim's fault.
The NHS advises that "if you have been raped or sexually assaulted, the first thing you need to do is go somewhere you feel safe, such as the home of a close friend or family member. If you feel you're able to, you should consider telling someone you trust what has happened. You shouldn't feel ashamed or to blame for what has happened to you."
Talking to someone can sometimes feel like the hardest step after an assault, but it's important to remember that there are hundreds of people on hand to offer support, advice or even just act as a sounding board.
Some of the amazing organisations which offer this support can be found below.
- NHS Choices: Help after rape and sexual assault
- Sexual Abuse Referral Centres: Find a SARC
- Rape Crisis. Helpline: 0808 802 9999 (12-2:30 and 7-9:30)
- Women Against Rape
- The Survivors Trust. Helpline: 0808 801 0818
- Survivors UK: Male Rape and Sexual Abuse Support
- Mankind. Helpline: 01273 911 680 Email: [email protected]
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