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
- 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 they are on campus they can call security on 01772 892068.
- The AAA Taxis ‘Take Me Home’ scheme allows you to use your UCLan ID Card as a deposit for journeys of £8 and under around Preston City Centre and the university area and pay later. You can reclaim your Card later from the Student Union Finance Office. The number for AAA Taxis is 01772 555444.
- What is sexual harassment? It might be useful to think about what sexual harassment is and how some of the behaviours are described.
- 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.
- Give options. When they have finished talking ask them if they are okay to talk through some possible options and next steps.
- To a Wellbeing Advisor. A Wellbeing advisor can provide wellbeing support for a range of issues that affect students, including sexual assault and harassment. The support they offer includes putting students in touch with external and internal support services and putting a wellbeing plan in place.
- To Human Resources who can provide advice, guidance and signposting for staff.
- UCLan Students' Union Advice and Representation Centre. This is a free, confidential, impartial service where students can get advice and information on academic and personal issues, including advice on procedures and representation at hearings. The Advice and Representation Centre is also a third party Hate Crime reporting centre.
- Report and Support Students and staff can report an incident using the University’s Report and Support system. They can choose to do this anonymously or they can request support from an advisor. If they choose to talk to an advisor they will be able to talk through the options and support available to them, in confidence.
- University Procedure If they choose to make a formal complaint to the University against a student or a member of staff there are procedures which set out the steps they’ll need to follow.
- To the Police The Police urge anyone who is being affected by stalking to contact them on 101 or ring The National Stalking Helpline on 0808 802 0300. All reports will be taken seriously and dealt with robustly.
Mental Health and Wellbeing
1 in 4 people is affected by a mental health problem in any year and it is estimated that around 1 in 5 people has contemplated suicide or self-harm. Experiencing sexual harassment can have detrimental effect on a person’s mental wellbeing. If you are worried or concerned about the impact on someone’s mental wellbeing, find out more about how you can help them.
Take care of yourself
It’s important that you take care of yourself. If you’ve heard something distressing or if something is troubling you, the University's Student Wellbeing Service offers confidential help to students. If you are a member of staff, you can email the Staff Counselling service to request an appointment.