If you think you have been sexually assaulted, it may be hard to know what to do or how to feel. What happened was not your fault. What you do next is your choice.

Steps to take immediately

  • Are you in immediate danger? If you are in immediate danger or seriously injured, call 999.
  • Finding a safe space. If possible, try and find somewhere you feel safe.

On campus

If you feel unsafe or need help, call security on 0114 225 8888.

Off campus

A number of pubs and bars in Sheffield are part of the Ask Angela Campaign.

If you need to get home or somewhere else safely, use the Safe Taxi Scheme.

  • Understand it’s not your fault. Too often survivors can internalise messages that it wasn’t ‘so bad’ or it was somehow their fault. 100% of the responsibility for any act of sexual violence lies with its perpetrator.
  • Seek medical care. If you have experienced sexual violence, even if there are no obvious injuries or you don’t want to report an assault to the police, it is important to seek medical attention if the assault just happened. If you want to speak to a medical professional and you are registered with the Student Health Centre you can book an appointment on 0114 225 2134.

Talk

  • To a friend. Talking things through with someone you trust can sometimes help.
  • Sexual Violence Liaison Officers (SVLOs) You can speak to specially trained members of student wellbeing team. We can help you to go through your options, including reporting the incident to police, to the university, or to access medical and emotional support only and make no formal report.

    To speak to a SVLO, please report with personal details and you will be contacted to arrange an appointment.
  • Independent specialist support. There are a large number of support services you can call or visit who you can talk with about what has happened to you. [link to Services document]
  • Multifaith Chaplaincy Confidential personal support to people of any religion or none.

Report

  • Sexual Violence Liaison Officers (SVLOs) You can speak to specially trained members of student wellbeing team. We can help you to go through your options, including reporting the incident to police, to the university, or to access medical and emotional support only and make no formal report.

    To speak to a SVLO, please report with personal details and you will be contacted to arrange an appointment.
  • Reporting to the police (999 for emergency and 101 for non-emergency). If you are thinking of reporting to the police, Rape Crisis have produced a useful list of things to think about.
  • Reporting the incident anonymously. You can report online to crime stoppers or call 0800 555 111
  • Report the incident through University disciplinary processes. A sexual violence liaison officer can help you make a report to the disciplinary team.

    If you choose to name a member of staff or a student in your report, there are procedures which set out the actions the university may take. This may include carrying out conduct investigations.

    When you report an allegation of misconduct to the University, we have a dedicated team who will consider your allegation and liaise with you regarding next steps. It is likely that you will be invited to meet with one of the team to discuss your allegation in detail to establish the details of the matter. We do this using student regulations and policies such as the Disciplinary Regulations for students and the Student Anti-Harassment Policy and Procedure which are available on shuspace.

    The full range of possible sanctions is available in section 48 of the Disciplinary Regulations.
  • Report to a Sexual Assault Referral Centre (SARC). Hackenthorpe Lodge is the Sexual Assault Referral Centre in Sheffield. They are here to help you if you have experienced sexual violence and/or sexual abuse.

You can call them on 0330 223 0938, 24 hours a day, seven days a week, for an initial assessment. They will aim to see you within 90 minutes for an urgent forensic medical examination. It is best to visit them as soon as possible after an incident.

The medical and emotional support services are confidential. They will not tell anyone you’ve contacted or seen them unless you want them to. You can use any of their services without involving the police.

Support

If you think you or someone you know has been sexually assaulted there are a variety of support options available, in addition to the reporting options listed above. You have the right to choose which support options you wish to access. 

You can:

Go to Accident and Emergency. Call 999 and request an ambulance.

  • Report to a Sexual Assault Referral Centre (SARC). Hackenthorpe Lodge is the Sexual Assault Referral Centre in Sheffield. They are here to help you if you have experienced sexual violence and/or sexual abuse.

You can call them on 0330 223 0938, 24 hours a day, seven days a week, for an initial assessment. They will aim to see you within 90 minutes for an urgent forensic medical examination. It is best to visit them as soon as possible after an incident.

The medical and emotional support services are confidential. They will not tell anyone you’ve contacted or seen them unless you want them to. You can use any of their services without involving the police.

Sheffield Hallam support for students

  • Sexual Violence Liaison Officers (SVLOs) You can speak to specially trained members of student wellbeing team. We can help you to go through your options, including reporting the incident to police, to the university, or to access medical and emotional support only and make no formal report.

    To speak to a SVLO, please report with personal details and you will be contacted to arrange an appointment.
  • Security is in operation 24 hours a day, seven days a week for your protection. If there is an emergency on campus, please contact 0114 225 8888.
  • Student Union Advice Centre The Students' Union provides a confidential, non-judgemental and free service available to all Sheffield Hallam Students. It is independent from the university, so issues with the advice service will not appear on your file without your consent.

    The advice team provides specialist advice and support on academic issues such as concerns about your university experience, formal complaints and appeals, disciplinary hearings and academic misconduct investigations.
  • Student Support Advisers You have an allocated Student Support Adviser who can give advice around academic, course and welfare issues and signpost you to helpful services in the University.

Sheffield Hallam support for staff

  • Staff wellbeing. The University's staff wellbeing pages link to a range of support services, including staff counselling.
  • Trade unions. Sheffield Hallam recognises UNISON, UNITE, UCU and GMB. Search for trade unions on the staff intranet for more information about contacts and how to join.
  • Line management. You can report what has happened to your line manager if you feel able to do this.

Other sources of support

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