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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 a piece of clothing
  • 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 list is non-exhaustive)

This behaviour is unacceptable and you can report abuse and harassment of any kind to any member of RSU staff, Security, University of Roehampton Wellbeing staff (listed below) 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 (linked below) to help you report the incident. Another way of reporting this if you don't feel safe 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 based 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:

Gloria Williamson (Whitelands)
Email: gloria.williamson@roehampton.ac.uk
Telephone: (020 8392) 3176
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 Cutforth (Froebel College)
Email: sophie.cutforth@roehampton.ac.uk 
Telephone: (020 8392) 3304 
Location: Grove House, 202

Emily Cookson (Digby Stuart College)
Email: emily.cookson@roehampton.ac.uk
Telephone: (020 8392) 3176
Location: Erasmum House, 101

If you want to speak to us but would rather stay anonymous, please click here

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.

As a part of Roehampton's Wellbeing Department, there is also the Bystander Intervention Team who attend the RSU's events and have a particular focus on sexual violence. These individuals are at events for the wellbeing of the students and are always ready to offer support to any students who require it.  

If you can't find a member of security, a member of the Bystander Intervention Team or any other staff members, head to the bar/reception/entrance area and look for anyone who is in charge and tell them what has happened.

We take all reports seriously and anyone who has experienced harassment or abuse are offered support tailored to your needs with any formal action only being undertaken once a discussion with you has taken place.

External

For external support:

Rape Crisis offers support by promoting the needs and rights of women and girls who have experienced sexual violence. This is in order to improve services to them and to work towards the elimination of sexual violence. 

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.

Sexual Assault Referral Centre (SARC) with the closest branch to Roehampton being The Havens.

Galop - A charity for LGBT+ Anti-Violence

Victim Support - For free and confidential support

Samaritans - A charity providing emotional support