Ongoing help and support 

Covering Your Tracks
You may not want others to know that you’ve been searching for information or help from websites such as Victim Support.  When you browse the internet on a mobile phone, tablet or computer, you leave a `history’ trail of pages and sites you’ve visited.  It’s impossible to completely avoid being tracked online but if you’re worried about someone knowing which sites you’ve been looking at, there are some things you can do to help cover your tracks online.

Within the University 

You may wish to report what has happened to your Line manager, your Head or Director or to HR

If you decide to contact the Police about an incident that happened on campus or that relates to a member of staff or student, please remember to inform the University following the formal internal route set out in the Dignity and Respect policy. 

Support services for staff 
Support services are provided through Health Assured who offer a helpline that can link enquirers to counselling, information, resources and referrals to local services.  The service is open 24 hours per day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year.  The support offered is confidential and independent of the University.  The University receives data on the number and broad themes of enquiries made to Health Assured, but no personal data or information on the detail of enquiries is shared.

When you are ready, you may find that the wellbeing hub can help you find other support within the University as well as self care resources.
 
Report + Support 
Report using contact details on this site to be linked to a trained responder who will get in touch using the channel you request, within 5 working days.  Your responder will not try to influence or instruct you, they will help you think through your options so that you decide what (if anything) you want to do next.
    
Please see our frequently asked questions (FAQs) for more information on how we respond to reports. 
 
There are 3 campus trade unions that the university recognises: Unite, Sussex UCU and Unison.  If you are a member of these unions, you can contact them for advice and support. 

Support from External Sources 

The National Male Survivor Helpline 
Telephone: 0808 800 5005. 
 
Independent Sexual Violence Advisors (ISVA) 
ISVA will provide information and support no matter when the sexual violence or abuse happened. Their main focus is around the criminal justice process, including talking through reporting options, support with communication with the police, support in the lead up to a trial, or with concerns about a case that has previously been reported to the police.  Telephone: 01273 203380, Extension103.  Email: referrals@survivorsnetwork.org.uk  
 
Local representation of Rape Crisis.  Support services including drop-ins & counselling for all genders (14–18yrs) and self-identifying women survivors of sexual abuse. Telephone: 01273 203380 for Brighton.  Helpline:  01273 720110 (check hours on website). 
 
Support for self-identifying men (18+) survivors of sexual abuse and their partners, families and friends through 1:1 counselling, therapeutic groups and couples.  Telephone: 01273 911680 (answerphone) Hove. 

Historical sexual violence, assault or harassment 

If you have experienced sexual violence, assault or harassment in the past, you can report your experience using this Report + Support tool. 
 
You can also request help from the specialist service providers above. 

It happened to someone I know 

We want to reach out and help those who have experienced sexual violence, assault or harassment but often we don’t know how.  Here is some advice from the National Health Service (NHS) for relatives and friends who know somebody who has experienced this.
  • Don’t judge them, don’t blame them.  Sexual violence, assault or harassment is never the fault of the person who is   abused.
  • Listen to the person, but don’t ask for details of the incident(s).  Don’t ask them why they didn’t stop it.  This can make them feel as though you blame them.
  • Offer practical support, such as going with them to appointments.
  • Respect their decisions, for example, whether or not they want to report the incident(s) to the police.
  • Bear in mind that they might not want to be touched.  Even a hug might upset them, so ask first.  If you’re in a sexual relationship with them, be aware that sex might be frightening and don’t put pressure on them to have sex.
  • Don’t tell them to forget about the assault.  It will take time for them to deal with their feelings and emotions.  You can help by listening and being patient.
What can I do?
On this page you will find a range of support that may be useful to the person you are trying to help, at a time that is right for them.  If this person is a member of staff or student, then they may find it helpful to know that they can make a report online on this site. 

Taking care of yourself
The experience of hearing someone describe a situation involving hate incidents may not only be painful, it may trigger memories or thoughts of other experiences for you.  Remember that the sources of support on this page are there for you too. 


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