Emergency help

If you believe you or others are at risk and need emergency help from the police or urgent medical assistance, call the police or ambulance on 999 off campus or through our 24hr-Security team on campus 01273 87 (3333). 

Emergency phones on campus (with blue flashing lights) connect direct to Security.

Immediate help and support for sexual violence which has happened within the last 7 days. 

If you have experienced  any form of sexual violence, we understand how scared and confused you might be, but you do not have to cope alone.  You can talk in confidence to one of our fully-trained University staff or go direct to an external service if you prefer. 

What you decide to do next is completely up to you, so take your time to think things through and read through this page carefully. Try to be somewhere that feels safe, keep warm in case you're in shock and ask a friend or someone you can trust to be with you. If you don’t feel like talking to a friend or family member yet, you can call the Rape Crisis National Helpline on 0808 802 9999.
 
If you do decide to report to the police, or if you want to make a self-referral for a forensic medical examination at the Sexual Assault Referral Centre (SARC) while you make up your mind, time is an important consideration.  Try, if possible, to take these steps:
  • Do not wash
  • Do not brush your teeth
  • Do not have a cigarette
  • Do not eat or drink
  • Do not change your clothes
  • If you do change your clothes, do not wash them and put them in a clean bag
  • Try not to go to the toilet
  • Do not clear up anything from the area of the incident
Don’t worry if you have already done some of these things, it’s still possible there’s forensic evidence to collect.

You can also choose to do nothing now.  If you feel that it would be useful to take time and to think about the options open to you then that is a perfectly valid decision. 

Your options depending on the time and place 

  If you’re on campus or in university accommodation in the evening, at night or at  the weekend:
  • Residential Life team This team is on 24hr alert for emergencies only and can be contacted out-of-hours by calling Security.  They can talk you through the options available to you and support you in approaching external services or reporting to the police if this is something you decide to do. 
  • Security available 24 hrs in York House 01273 873333 or 3333 on an internal phone. 
  • The Saturn Centre (Sexual Assault Referral Centre) 0800 0337797 for advice from the 24hr on-call-team.  You can self-refer there for crisis support, medical care and to store forensic evidence while deciding whether you want to report to the police. 
  • Police 999 (emergency) 101 (non-emergency). 
    If you’d like to report online, rather than speaking to an officer by telephone in the first instance, you can do so securely and confidentially.  An officer will get back to you in a maximum of two days.  If you do report to the Police, they may take you to The Saturn Centre for crisis support, medical care and forensics after taking a statement from you. 
If you’re off campus in the evening, at night and the weekend: 
  • The Saturn Centre (Sexual Assault Referral Centre) - call 0800 0337797 for advice from the 24hr on-call-team.  You can self-refer there for crisis support, medical care and to store forensic evidence while deciding whether you want to report to the police. 
  • Police 999 (emergency) 101 (non-emergency).  If you do report to the police, they may take you to The Saturn Centre for crisis support, medical care and forensics after taking a statement from you. 
During weekdays 9am–5pm:
  • Sexual Violence Response Advisor (contact details/link to be inserted). 
  • The Student Life Centre Phone for a priority appointment 01273 876767 with a Student Advisor or email studentlifecentre@sussex.ac.uk.
  • Residential Life team  If you live in campus accommodation, you can reach this team on: 01273 877250 between 8am and 6pm and for emergencies only, out-of-hours by calling Security: 01273 873333.
All the University teams above will talk you through the options available to you and support you through approaching external services, or reporting to the Police or Student Discipline if this is something you decide to do. 
  • The Saturn Centre (Sexual Assault Referral Centre at Crawley Hospital ).  Call 0800 0337797 for advice from the 24hr on-call-team.  You can self-refer there for crisis support, medical care and to store forensic evidence while deciding whether you want to report to the police. 
  • The Solar Clinic at the Royal Sussex Hospital in Brighton (9am-5pm Monday to Friday), call 01273 523388 option 2.  You can access STI testing, emergency contraception and crisis support here.  
  • Police 999 (emergency) 101 (non-emergency).  If you do report to the police, they may take you to The Saturn Centre for crisis support, medical care & forensics after taking a statement from you. 
  • The National Male Survivor Helpline - 0808 800 5005  
  • Rape Crisis National Helpline - 0808 802 9999
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