In light of the current Covid-19 pandemic, the Standing Together Team are currently providing remote support to students until further notice.
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.
What is sexual violence and harassment?
Sexual violence and harassment includes all unwanted sexual behaviours. This could include verbal comments, sharing sexual photos/information online, stalking, groping and inappropriate touching.These behaviours are usually categorised as sexual harassment, sexual assault, and rape.
- Sexual harassment is any unwanted behaviour of a sexual nature that you find offensive or which makes you feel distressed, intimidated or humiliated.Examples of this behaviour could include rude jokes, stalking/ following, or asking inappropriate questions.
- The overall definition of Sexual Assault is an act of physical, psychological and emotional violation, in the form of a sexual act, inflicted upon someone without their consent. Examples of this behaviour could include touching, groping, grinding.
- Rape is a type of sexual assault usually involving sexual intercourse or other forms of penetration (into the mouth, anus or vagina) carried out against a person without their consent. Consent needs to be ongoing and not forced and from all parties. All genders can be raped and there is support available if this is something you have experienced.
All of these behaviours are equally unacceptable. If this happens to you, it’s important to remember it is not your fault.
Immediate and Ongoing Support
If you need immediate help, please contact the Police by calling 999. If you are on campus, or in a University building and would like support, please contact our Security Service on 0116 252 2888 who are available all day, every day.
- In addition to the University’s Student Support Services; Welfare, Wellbeing and AccessAbility, and the Students’ Union Advice Service, the Standing Together team can offer practical support and guidance in relation to unacceptable behaviours. Our work involves supporting students on a 1:1 basis, and providing holistic support options and referrals, where relevant. After an initial needs and risk assessment, we can provide students with options in relation to reporting and support – including those detailed above and below. We can also support students in accessing services and coordinating this. In order to access this support, please leave your contact email address when completing the online disclosure form. For more information, please visit the campaigns tab of this system.
For more information about University and Students’ Union support, please see: www.le.ac.uk/wellbeing
- Consider whether there are any practical implications of what’s happened/ is happening e.g. you could consider submitting a mitigating circumstances request if your studies have been, or are affected, and/ or you may have financial or accommodation related concerns. You can contact the Welfare team on firstname.lastname@example.org and seek support, without having to disclose any specific details about the incident(s) itself.
- Juniper Lodge (Sexual Assault Referral Centre) offers discrete medical, emotional, and practical support to anyone that has been subject to sexual assault. They can talk you through your options, including whether to report to the police or not. You do not have to report to the police if you contact the SARC but they can help you with this process if you want. They also offer a examinations for forensic evidence depending on when the incident took place. Contact them on: 0116 273 3330 9am-5pm, Monday-Friday. If you would like support in travelling to Juniper Lodge, call University security on 0116 252 2023.
- United Against Violence & Abuse (UAVA) provides co-ordinated sexual and domestic violence services across Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland for any male or female over the age of 13.You do not need to report to the police to access this service. Call 0808 80 200 28. For text support: 07715 994 962 (This is for text support only, calls to this number will not be answered) 8am – 8pm, Monday to Saturday.
- Jasmine House is a safe space where women and girls can access free and confidential services following any form of sexual violence either recently or in the past.
- First Step is a free confidential service for male rape and sexual abuse survivors & their supporters living in Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland to enable survivors to make the “First Step” towards feeling less isolated through increased personal power to make choices.
- Survivors UK offers a helpline and online advice for male survivors of sexual assault and rape.
- Galop provides emotional and practical support for LGBT+ people. They are able to give independent advice to those who have experienced sexual assault, violence or abuse. Call 0800 999 5428 10am-5pm, Monday to Friday (open until 8pm on Wednesdays and Thursdays).
- For further information, self-help tools and to find support outside of Leicestershire please visit the Rape Crisis website.
- For online information and guidance related to Revenge Porn, stalking and sextortion:
The Haymarket Health Centre is a free and confidential NHS service which is open to patients across Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland. The service offers contraception, testing and treatment for sexual infections, cervical screening and lifestyle information. It is open from 8.30am-6.30pm Monday to Friday and from 10am-4pm on Saturdays. They also offer a clinic for under 24’s on a Thursday between 1.30pm - 7pm.
SHACC (Sexual Health and Contraception Clinic) provides contraception and early advice as well as investigation and treatment for sexually transmitted infections. This service is based at Victoria Park Health Centre.
For further information on local sexual health services please visit the Choices website.
- The C- Card Scheme gives you quick and easy access to free condoms, if you are under 24. Visit the linked website for details on how to register and to find out where your nearest distribution point is. If you are over 25, visit the NHS website.
- The NHS website provides further information on sexual health as well as frequently asked questions.