The University of Roehampton is standing united against sexual harassment, sexual assault and hate crime. We believe students of all genders, races, sexualities and faiths, should be able to enjoy their time at Roehampton and the Union. So, with the student voice at the forefront, the RSU is acting to ensure the University of Roehampton is a safe space for all.
Isobel Rafferty, Safer Roehampton Intern, has been appointed to work at the RSU to spread awareness and to campaign against sexual harassment, sexual assault and hate crime within the student body (on and off campus). Also, to liaise with student support services and the police in regards to reports.
Need someone to talk to?
The university Wellbeing Team are based in each college to offer free and confidential support to students who have experienced rape, sexual abuse or harassment, while also providing help and advice to liaising with support services and the police:
If you would prefer to speak to the Wellbeing Team anonymously, please click here:
“Reporting makes a difference – to you, your friends, and your community”- True Vision
Alternatively, if you would like to report an incident(s) of sexual harassment, sexual assault or hate crime, or you would like to share/get involved with an idea to combat these crimes, please reach out to one of these contacts:
Isobel Rafferty, Safer Roehampton Intern – firstname.lastname@example.org, (020 8392) 3675
Matt Hurst, Advice Service Coordinator – email@example.com, (020 8392) 7351
George Walker, VP Community and Welfare – firstname.lastname@example.org, (020 8392) 3068
If you decide to report an incident(s), the RSU want you to remember that you are in control. We will only pass on your information to the Student Support Services, university staff or the police if you explicitly confirm for us to do so.
By reporting sexual harassment, sexual assault or hate crime, you can help stop it from happening to other students. You will also help the university and Student Union to better understand the level of crime in Roehampton, and improve the way we respond to it.
If you would like to anonymously report an incident(s) of sexual harassment, sexual assault or hate crime, or would like to share an idea to combat these crimes, you can also post a written statement in the #URSTANDINGUNITED box in the RSU reception.
Please take into consideration that if you report an incident anonymously, the investigation and ability to prosecute the offender(s) will be severely limited. However, we will do as much as we can to address the issue.
If anything happens at any of our events or you see something happen at our events please go straight to security, a member of the Bystander Intervention Team, 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 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 undertaken once a discussion with you has taken place.
Rape and Sexual Assault
If you want external support then Rape Crisis offer help 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 on the website or call the national Rape Crisis helpline for confidential support on 0808 802 9999 between 12:00pm to 2:30pm and 7:00pm to 9:30pm every day of the year.
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.
Hate crimes occur because of prejudice or hostility towards a person’s ethnicity, race, disability, sexual orientation or gender identity, religion or faith. Hate crime is illegal and can be instances of name calling, damage to your property, online or offline text, attacks or violence.
If you are a victim, witness or third party to an incident(s) of hate crime and do not want to report directly to the universitiy staff or the police, True Vision offer a non-emergency online reporting facility. Click here to find out more...