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The Counselling, Mental Health and Wellbeing team at UCLan are available to support you on 01772 893020 or Wellbeing@uclan.ac.uk 
 

What is Sexual Harassment? 


Sexual harassment is unwanted behaviour of a sexual nature which violates your dignity, makes you feel intimidated, degraded or humiliated and creates a hostile or offensive environment. You don’t need to have previously objected to someone's behaviour for it to be considered unwanted.
 
 Sexual harassment can include:

  • sexual comments or jokes 
  • physical behaviour, including unwelcome sexual advances, touching and various forms of sexual assault 
  • displaying pictures, photos or drawings of a sexual nature 
  • sending emails with a sexual content 

I’ve been affected by sexual harassment- what can I do? 


If you have been, or are being, sexually harassed, it may be hard to know what to do or how to feel. What happened was not your fault. What you do next is your choice. 

 The Millers Taxis ‘Take Me Home’ scheme allows you to use your UCLan ID Card as a deposit for journeys of £10 and under around Preston City Centre, and the university area, and pay later. You will then be emailed and instructed on how to collect your card. The number for Millers Taxis is 01772 884000. 

Download the UCLan SafeZone app to access a range of safety support and information such as raising an emergency alert, calling for help and setting a check in timer which alerts security if you do not reach your destination in a set amount of time. 

 
Report

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 an advisor. If you choose to talk to a Wellbeing advisor they will be able to talk through the options and support available to you, in confidence. 
 
UCLan’s Wellbeing Advisors have a range of experience in many areas, including domestic abuse. They have received specialist training from Women’s Aid, Paladin, Laura Richards and more, as well as many having worked in refuges and for domestic abuse services. Contact us on 01772 893020 or make a report to an advisor to arrange an appointment.

University Procedure. If you 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 you'll need to follow. 
 
The Police urge anyone who is being affected by stalking and harassment 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. 


Where can I get support? 


  • UCLan’s Wellbeing Advisors have a range of experience in many areas, including domestic abuse. They have received specialist training from Women’s Aid, Paladin, Laura Richards and more, as well as many having worked in refuges and for domestic abuse services. Contact us on 01772 893020 or make a report to an advisor to arrange an appointment.

  • The National Stalking Helpline is run by the Suzy Lamplugh Trust and can give you information and advice on support and options available to you. Call: 0808 802 0300 to speak with them.
     
  • Paladin is the National Stalking Advocacy service which assists high risk victims of stalking in England and Wales. You can call them on 020 3866 4107 between 9am and 3pm on weekdays except for Wednesdays when it is open 10am to 5pm. You can also email: info@paladinservice.co.uk.

  • Victim Support can explain the options available to you, provide you with practical help like personal alarms and give you emotional support for as long as you need.

  • 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 hate crime reporting centre.

  •  If you are a student in Halls, all of the residences have a team of Residence Officers and Assistant Residences Officer. The team can provide you with assistance and support to make your time with us an enjoyable one.
 

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