SUPPORTING A SURVIVOR OF SEXUAL VIOLENCE
In an Emergency
If you're off campus, you should call 999 to reach any of the emergency services.
If you're on university premises, call Campus Security Team any time, 24/7 on 0141 330 4444.
A Note from the University
We understand the importance of the university providing support to any member of our community who has been affected by sexual violence or assault. If you choose to speak to us, we will ensure that you are supported throughout the process. It is entirely up to you what action you want to take if you have been affected; we just want to make sure you are clear about your options and are adequately supported throughout the process.
We understand that members of our community may choose not to speak to us and would therefore refer you to help from the external sources detailed below.
If a friend or someone you care about is a survivor of sexual violence, you can be an important source of support.
To respond effectively to a disclosure of sexual violense, you should provide a safe space that empowers the survivor to access what they need.
It is important not to be judgement, show disbelief or 'victim blame'. Don't probe for details, and don't try to take control.
Refer the survivor to sources of professional support.
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.
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.
RAPE CRISIS SCOTLAND
The Rape Crisis Helpline can advise on support available to both the survivor and you:
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:
Togetherall - Click "Join Now" and use your University of Glasgow email address to sign up. Choose an anonymous username.
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.
- 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.