Sexual Assault/Harassment

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

  • Sexual comments
  • Unwanted questions
  • Groping
  • Pinching
  • Lifting up a skirt
  • Being slapped
  • Being hit
  • Being beaten
  • Being dragged
  • Threatened with a weapon
  • Any sexual act from molestation to rape
  • Constant calling
  • Constant texting
  • Being followed
  • Being controlled
  • Bullying of a sexual nature, any sexual activity you were exposed to that made you feel uncomfortable or unsafe.

This behaviour is unacceptable and you can report abuse and harassment of any kind to any member of RSU staff, Security, Univeristy of Roehampton Wellbeing staff or your flat rep. If you don't feel comfortable or safe enough to report the incident, we understand, and we have other anonymous techniques to help you report the incident. Another way of reporting this if you don't feel safe enough, could be to go through the next steps with someone you trust (friend, flat rep, tutor) who can support you with the referral.  
Please report anything you deem to be sexual harassment to a member of staff immediately or call the Police on 999.
The university offers free and confidential support to students who have experienced rape, sexual abuse or harassment and would like someone to talk to. The University Wellbeing team are base in each college and they offer support, while providing help and advice to liaising with support services and the police. 

Contact Details for support staff:

Emily Cookson (Whitelands)
Email: emily.cookson@roehampton.ac.uk
Telephone: (020 8392) 3502
Location: Whitelands College

Jo Eskdale (Southlands College)
Email: j.eskdale@roehampton.ac.uk
Telephone: (020 8392) 3402
Location: Queen's Building 149, Southlands College

Sophie Carney (Froebel College)
Email: sophie.carney@roehampton.ac.uk 
Telephone: (020 8392) 3304 
Location: Lawrence 007

Nicola Hallam (Digby College)
Email: nicola.hallam@roehampton.ac.uk
Telephone: (020 8392) 3200
Location: Erasmus House 101, Digby Stuart College

If you want to speak to us but would rather stay anonymous, please click here: http://myzone1.roehampton.ac.uk/information/Pages/Talk-to-us.aspx

Events

If anything happens at any of our events or you see something happen at our events please go straight to security or a member of RSU staff and tell us what has happened. RSU security are at all of our events and are based throughout the club or building. They are trained to support you and help you with anything you need support or action with. If you can't find a member of security or staff head to the bar/reception/entrance area and look for anyone who is in charge and tell them what has happenned.
We take all reports seriously and anyone who has experienced harassment or abuse are offered support tailored to your needs with any formal action undertaken once a discussion with you has taken place.

External

If you want external support then Rape Crisis offer support by promoting the needs and rights of women and girls who have experienced sexual violence, to improve services to them and to work towards the elimination of sexual violence. You can find their information at http://rapecrisis.org.uk/

For male identified victims, 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.