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.
There is a guidance document available which details how to support a survivor of assault, bullying, or harassment. This document is available here: Receiving Reports of Assault, Harassment, or Bullying- Guidance Document
To respond effectively to a disclosure of sexual violence, you should provide a safe space that empowers the survivor to access what they need.
It is important not to be judgemental, 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.
View the MyGlasgow page 'I have been affected by sexual violence' for information on support available in the University and externally.
- Let the survivor take the lead- it is important that they are in control
- Don't push them into making decisions such as reporting to the police if they don't want to
- Don't try to fix the problem, just show that you believe the survivor and ask them what they want to happen
- Don't cast doubt on the disclosure. Less than 3% of sexual violence allegations are proven to be false.
- Look after yourself too
Resources and Support
MyGlasgow: I have been affected by sexual violence
Information on support available within the University and externally for survivors of sexual violence:
Information on how to support a survivor of sexual violence or harassment:
Guidance Document: Receiving Reports of Assault, Harassment, or Bullying- Guidance Document
Report and Support
You can submit a report on bullying, discrimination, harassment or sexual harassment if you are a University of Glasgow student, or on behalf of a University of Glasgow student.
A First Responder will be in touch when the form has been submitted.
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, have trained a group of 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 will provide you with information on the options available to you internally and externally if you have been affected directly or indirectly.
First Responders can be contacted by submitting a Report and Support form or directly, by phone or email. Their contact details are available on the MyGlasgow First Responders site.
Rape Crisis Scotland
The Rape Crisis Helpline can advise on support available for you and your friend: