Help and Advice

A range of info and advice concerning your health and well-being including sexual and mental health and safety.

We believe students of all genders should be able to enjoy their time in Leeds and the Union without experiencing rape, sexual abuse or being harassed.

• We take all reports seriously
• Anyone who has experienced harassment or abuse is offered support tailored to their needs
• Any formal action taken is undertaken once a discussion with you has taken place

We stress that if you were a victim of rape, sexual abuse or harassment, it is not your fault. No matter what the circumstance. We’ve got your back and we will support you in any way possible.

How to Report During the Day

You can report sexual abuse or harassment to any member of staff before 5pm and the alleged perpetrator, if identified, is dealt with appropriately. You will be able to speak with a member of staff from the advice centre about what you want to happen.

How to Report During the Night

You can report sexual abuse or harassment to any member of staff after 5pm. You will be referred to the duty manager and a statement will be taken and support will be given. If the alleged perpetrator is found or identified they will be dealt with appropriately on the night.

Sources of Help

The Student Advice Centre offers free and confidential support to students who have experienced rape, sexual abuse or harassment and would like someone to talk to. We do not require that the abuse has been reported to the police. The Student Advice Centre offers services that can range from listening and providing help and advice to liaising with support services and the police. We respect student’s wishes and aim to support students in whatever way they would like.

Also in the Student Advice Centre, there is a Victim Support drop in session where students can go to for confidential emotional support, information, practical help and assistance. These sessions are held every Wednesday in term time from 4.30 to 6.30pm. Victim Support offer help people of all genders. You do not need to have reported the crime to the police.

You can also contact Victim Support by phone on 0845 30 30 900, or email supportline@victimsupport.org.uk. The opening hours for the support line are 9.00am to 9.00pm Mondays to Fridays, 9.00am to 7.00pm on weekends and 9.00am to 5.00pm on bank holidays.

The STAR (Surviving Trauma After Rape) Project is a free support service for people of all genders aged 14 and over who have been raped or sexually assaulted. STAR offer counselling, emotional and practical support throughout West Yorkshire. You can call their free helpline on 01924 298954 or email support@starproject.co.uk. The STAR Project offices are open Monday to Friday, 9.00am to 5.00pm.

For Women

Specifically for female victims of sexual assault there are Support After Rape and Sexual Violence Leeds (SARSVL) runs an independent, confidential helpline for women and girls whose lives have been affected by sexual violence of any kind at any time. You can call their free helpline on 0808 802 3344, text 07797 803 211(normal charges apply), or email support@sarsvl.org.uk. The opening times are: Mondays 6.00pm to 8.00pm, Tuesdays 8.00pm to 11.00pm, Wednesdays 6.00pm to 8.00pm, Fridays 6.00pm to 8.00pm and Sundays 2.00pm to 5.00pm.

For Men

Survivors UK offer individual counselling and group therapy to male victims of rape and sexual abuse. If you want to talk about male rape or sexual abuse, you can call their helpline in confidence on 0845 122 1201 Monday and Tuesday between 7.00pm and 9.30pm or Thursday between 12.00pm and 2:30pm.

You can also take a look at The Knowledge website, which provides information and advice regarding crime and personal safety.

For LGBT People

While the charities above are inclusive of trans women and trans men respectively, students who identify as LGBT might find Galop especially useful. While the charity is London-based, they do have an advice line and online support you can use. If your gender is non-binary and you feel comfortable contacting one of the two gendered support services, feel free to do so!

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