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.