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In response to Government advice relating to the Covid-19 pandemic the Standing Together Team are currently providing remote support to students until further notice . You are still able to access advice and support through Microsoft Teams and via email and a Case Worker will work with you to deliver support in the most accessible way for you.

We are aware that many people will be at greater risk of abuse during the lockdown period and that many may be feeling unsafe isolating in a house at this time. If you are concerned about someone you know or if you are living with an abusive person, please download the free The Bright Sky app which enables users to locate their nearest support services by searching their area, postcode or current location. Please only download this app if it is safe to do so and you are sure that your mobile phone is not being monitored. 

For out of hours support, you can contact Qwell-they offer online support in addition to 1-1 chat based counselling with a qualified counsellor. No referral is required. 
There are many commonly-held myths and misconceptions around sexual violence. These can lead to an increased prevalence of these instances, poor support for victim/ survivors, and/ or incorrect outcomes in formal reporting procedures.

Here are some common myths and misconceptions, and the truths to provide the correct information. See our Twitter feed (@UniOfLeics_ST) for more.  Email us on standingtogether@le.ac.uk if you have any more you'd like us to include.

Myth: Bullying only happens in schools
Fact: This is not the case at all, bullying can happen to anyone, anywhere. It may be out of school, at University or in places of work.

Myth: You can spot a bully from the way they look and act
Fact: There is no such thing as a way a bully looks or acts. There is no specific dress code or behaviour style.

Myth: Online bullying is just banter and harmless
Fact: People being bullied online is a very serious issue, the bullying can go viral very quickly and make the problem escalate quickly. It is important to take a screenshot of any conversations, messages or posts that you feel are bullying so that you have a record.

Myth: It is easy to spot the signs of bullying
Fact: It is not always easy to spot the signs of bullying as it is not always physical and obvious. Emotional, verbal and online bullying can often leave scars that people don’t see.
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