- Are you in immediate danger? If you are in immediate danger or seriously injured, you can contact the emergency services on 999.
- Find a safe space. If an incident has just happened, try and find somewhere you feel safe. Consider asking a friend you trust to be with you.
- Text support. If you feel you need to talk to someone immediately you can contact Shout, a free 24/7 text service for anyone struggling to cope. TEXT Shout to 85258.
Independent Sexual Violence Advisers (ISVAs) - ISVAs work with people who have experienced sexual violence to get them access to the services they need. They provide impartial advice on all the options available such as reporting to police, the criminal justice process, accessing sexual assault referral centres (SARCs), seeking support from specialist sexual violence organisations and other services.
ISVA services and other support such as specialist counselling can be accessed externally through a SARC.
- Kent & Medway SARC Beech House and Surrey SARC Solace Centre both offer support and guidance, a medical assessment/treatment, a forensic examination, and the opportunity for aftercare referrals into support services. Clients are offered these services based on their individual needs and can choose to use as much or as little of the service as they wish.
Rape Crisis Centres also offer an ISVA and other specialist services.
- In Kent, the East Kent Rape Crisis Centre has a specialist student ISVA service offering practical and emotional support and advice specifically for students who are survivors of sexual violence, either recent or historic. The specialist Student ISVAs are there for anyone in education with links to colleges and universities, making the situation easier for those dealing with trauma whilst continuing to study.
- In Surrey, the Rape and Sexual Abuse Support Centre (RASAC) provides an ISVA service offering emotional and practical advice and support for people who have experienced rape, sexual abuse or any other type of sexual violence at any time in their lives. The service is open to female and male survivors, aged 13 and over.
Other helpful websites
Cyber Helpline (help if you are being bullied or harassed online)
Galop (support for the LGBTQ+ community)
- Report and Support - Students and staff can report an incident using the University’s Report and Support system. You can choose to do this anonymously or you can request support from a Sexual Violence Liaison Officer (SVLO). This does not instigate any kind of formal complaint or appeals process. If you choose to talk to the SVLO, they will be able to talk through the options and support available to you both from the University and externally, in confidence. The SVLO will discuss what steps you would like to take next.
- Reporting to the police. We suggest that if you are considering this route that you speak to an SVLO or an independent ISVA before you make contact. Rape Crisis also provides further information on what would happen.