Sexual Harassment and Violence
Being physically attacked, raped or sexually assaulted is a very distressing experience which can have long lasting effects on the victim. They may feel they have coped with the situation only to find at a later date they are still experiencing feelings of anxiety or anger.
Queen Mary's Report and Support pages offer information about local and national support services for anyone in this situation. There is also the option to make a report to the university, either anonymously or with contact details. https://reportandsupport.qmul.ac.uk/.
For advice about staying safe at Queen Mary, see the Queen Mary Guide to Personal Safety. There is a Security Team at Queen Mary who are responsible for maintaining safety and security on campuses. You can find out more about what they do and how to contact them on the Security website.
Staff members concerned about a student
Queen Mary staff who are worried about a student should read and follow the Students in Urgent Situations Guide
It is important that you don’t take on too much and feel alone and burdened by someone else’s distress. It won’t help them or you and may end up affecting your relationship.
If you need support to deal with the situation you can call one of the helplines below or you can arrange an appointment to speak in confidence with a university counsellor.
Student Minds recently launched a 'Look After Your Mate' campaign which aims to give students the knowledge, confidence and skills they need to support their friends. Take a look at their online guide full of practical tips on supporting a mate and student stories.
Leeds University Student Counselling Service have also produced a useful leaflet 'Helping a Friend' which is available to download from their Common Problems page.
The Samaritans are available to talk to all day, every day. They can be contacted by telephone, email, letter or face to face in one of their local branches.
Tel: 116 123