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Sexual assault

If you are worried about yourself or someone else, please complete our online form below. If you would like more guidance and advice then the sections below should answer your questions. If you don’t manage to find the help you need on these webpages email [email protected]

Someone needs help now

If it is an emergency (medical, police, fire) then phone 999.

If you need assistance and you are on campus, Campus Support are available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

For information on out of hours support, visit the critical incident support pages online. If your enquiry isn’t urgent and you’d like to refer someone to us, please email the Wellbeing team.

Referral form

Please complete the form below to tell us if you are worried about yourself, or have concerns about someone else.

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What happens if I let you know?

Once the referral form is completed and submitted, the Wellbeing Team will review it and, using the information provided, they will make a decision on the next steps. There are many different actions that may be taken, but the preference is to always proceed with the wishes of the student who has filled in the form, unless we believe not taking a particular action could result in someone coming to harm.

If you have filled in the form about yourself some actions we may take include:

  • Inviting you in for an appointment with a Wellbeing Team member to discuss what support you may find helpful.
  • Inviting you to meet with the Wellbeing Team and/or the Campus Life Team if the issues relate to a crime or the student disciplinary regulations.
  • Collating the information you have shared with us for our records (in the case when you do not wish for any action to be taken).
  • Contacting the police on your behalf if we believe you are in danger or you have asked us to.

If you have let us know about another student that has experienced a sexual assault, some actions may include:

  • Sending information to the student about the services available from the Wellbeing Team and encouraging them to make an appointment.
  • Inviting the student to a wellbeing appointment.
  • Sending information to the student about additional specialist services.
  • Asking the Campus Support Team to visit the student’s accommodation to check if they are OK.
  • Contacting the police if we are unable to locate them or believe they are at serious risk of harm.
Please be aware that often we’re unable to discuss our engagement with another student with you due to confidentiality.

If you’ve let us know that you are concerned about someone’s behaviour, some actions we may take include:

  • Storing the information in case similar information is shared in the future about the same person.
  • Inviting the person in to meet with the Wellbeing Team or Campus Life Team to talk about their behaviour.
  • Contact the police if we have serious concerns about a person’s behaviour.

What can I let you know about?

If you’ve been sexually assaulted, or if you know someone else has been assaulted either recently or in the past, you can let us know. We can provide help and support once you reach out to us. You can also let us know if another person’s behaviour is making you feel uncomfortable.

Some examples of the things you may want to share with us in relation to sexual assault include:

  • You have experienced a sexual assault.
  • You know of someone else who has been the victim of a sexual assault.
  • You are in an abusive relationship and need advice and support.
  • Someone’s behaviour is making you feel uncomfortable.

Why should I let you know?

Edge Hill aims to be a caring community where its members feel safe from harm and are supported appropriately by the University. If a student is a victim of a crime, we want to fully support them and we want to be fully aware of the issues that students are dealing with in order for us to take a preventative proactive approach.

We don’t think that our students should be responsible for keeping other people safe, but we do encourage members of our community to let us know if they have any concerns about their own or someone else’s safety, or if they are concerned that someone’s behaviour is inappropriate. We encourage this disclosure because often people think that someone else will raise a concern about a person or a situation, and often this is not the case. This can lead to people not receiving the help they need and/or a situation that was once a concern escalating into a serious issue.

In cases of sexual assaults, the earlier they are responded to, the more effective the outcome whether that be for yourself or for another person, as there is a time limit on how long evidence can be preserved. You can find out more information about this here add link

For individuals who have experienced a sexual assault, it’s often beneficial, if and when they are ready, to be given emotional support. Knowing which services are available and who to reach out to at that time is important. Information about this is available in our online guide. 

Sexual Assault: Information for students

If you are concerned about someone, if possible you should let them know this and signpost them to the Edge Hill Wellbeing Team. You can also use this form add link to access those services yourself. In some circumstances, we know that it’s not always easy, or possible to speak with others and that is why we have created this referral form for people, for whatever reason, do not feel comfortable discussing the referral with the person they are concerned about.

If you need advice about how to speak to a person who may have been the victim of a sexual assault, or whose behaviour you find inappropriate, visit the SRASAC webpage.

How can I help others?

Advice and support for you

Talking to someone about how they are feeling can make a big difference and help them feel supported. Most people experiencing mental health difficulties will speak to a trusted friend or family member before seeking help from a health professional.

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