SUPPORTING A SURVIVOR OF SEXUAL VIOLENCE

Resources and Support

HOW TO REPORT AN INCIDENT TO THE UNIVERSITY

You can submit a report on bullying, discrimination, harassment or sexual harassment on behalf of a University of Glasgow staff member, but only do so if they wish to report it.

Reports can be submitted anonymously, but this will prevent us contacting you to offer support, formally investigate or to take disciplinary action. 

FIRST RESPONDERS

The University, in conjunction with Rape Crisis Scotland, have trained staff as Sexual Violence and Harassment First Responders.

This means they have been trained to listen to survivors empathetically and without judgement while they seek support in disclosing issues surrounding sexual violence and harassment.

They can provide the survivor, and you, with information on the options available internally and externally.

First Responders can be contacted by submitting a Report form or directly, by phone or email. View the list and contact details of First Responders.

Staff Guidance-Receiving a Report of Harassment, Bullying, Assault from Staff

RAPE CRISIS SCOTLAND

Read advice on suppoting someone who has experienced sexual violence For Friends and For Partners.

The Rape Crisis Helpline can advise on support available to both the survivor and you:

Telephone: 08088 01 03 02 (6pm-12pm)
Email: support@rapecrisisscotland.org.uk
Website: www.rapecrisisscotland.org.uk

 

End GBV

A list of specialist and confidential support services as well as information on supporting someone

 

Remember supporting a survivor of sexual violence can bring strong feelings, emotions and reactions.  So it is also important to look after yourself. You are likely to be more helpful, and a more effective support, if you are OK.  You may wish to seek support through the following:

Staff Counselling

 

 

What is sexual violence? WARNING: contains detailed descriptions

Sexual violence is defined as: "any sexual act, attempt to obtain a sexual act, unwanted sexual comments or advances, or acts to traffic, or otherwise directed, against a person’s sexuality using coercion, by any person regardless of their relationship to the victim, in any setting, including but not limited to home and work" (World Health Organisation).

Rape is when someone puts their penis into (penetrates) the vagina, anus or mouth of another person without their consent.

Assault by penetration is when someone puts another part of their body, or an object, into another person’s vagina or anus without that person’s consent.

Sexual assault is when someone touches another person in a sexual way, without that person’s consent.

Sexual harassment is unwanted behaviour of a sexual nature, which violates a person's dignity, or creates an intimidating, hostile, degrading, humiliating or offensive environment for them. Examples of sexual harassment include:

  • 'Banter', wolf-whistling or comments of a sexual nature
  • Questions or jokes about a person's sex life
  • Texts, messages or emails with content of a sexual nature
  • Unwanted physical contact and touching
  • Using sexual images without the subject's consent, e.g. posting images on social media

What is sexual consent? WARNING: contains descriptions

To give sexual consent, a person must willingly and freely agree to engage in a sexual activity and be able to make their own decisions.

Remember:

  • A person who is incapacitated by drugs or alcohol cannot give consent to sexual activity
  • A person who is asleep or unconscious cannot give consent to sexual activity
  • Agreeing to engage in one form of sexual activity, e.g. kissing, does not indicate consent to all forms of sexual activity
  • Consent can be withdrawn at any time
  • Giving consent to sexual activity once does not indicate consent to that activity in the future
  • Someone who is forced to do something against their will is not giving consent

Sexual activity without consent is rape or sexual assault.