If you think someone you know has been sexually harassed there are lots of ways in which you can help them.

Understanding the behaviours associated with sexual harassment is a good place to start. Most people will be able to describe what has or is happening to them and how it’s making them feel.

Sexual harassment is unwanted behaviour of a sexual nature which violates your dignity, makes you feel intimidated, degraded or humiliated, or creates a hostile or offensive environment

Think

  • Are they in immediate danger? If they are in immediate danger or seriously injured, you can call 999 (or 112 from a mobile)
  • Finding a safe space. If possible, try and find somewhere they feel safe. If this isn't possible and you are on campus you can call security on:
    • 0208 223 5599 (Docklands)
    • 0208 223 4073 (Stratford)
    • 0208 223 7888 (USS)

Talk

  • Listen. Just taking the time to listen to someone and talk about what has happened can help. These six active listening tips might help you support them.

Published on Oct 4, 2015 Based on the Samaritans guidelines for active listening

  • Give options. When they have finished talking ask them if they are okay to talk through some possible options and next steps.
  • UEL Sexual Violence Liaison Officers (SVLO). Our SVLO's are specifically trained and available for advice and guidance on further support options and for ongoing wellbeing support for students. Appointments can be booked through the Student Wellbeing Team by contacting wellbeing@uel.ac.uk

Report

· Report and Support. Students and staff can report an incident using the Report and Support system. You can choose to do this anonymously or you can request support by filling in the form with your contact details.

 

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