Sexual Assault and Sexual Harassment

The University of Portsmouth is committed to providing a positive experience for all students and staff. We believe that bullying, harassment, assault and discrimination are never acceptable.

 
What is sexual harassment?

Sexual harassment is unwanted sexual actions or behaviour by individuals or groups which violates a person’s dignity and creates an intimidating, hostile, degrading, humiliating or offensive environment. Sexual harassment can be a single incident or a string of persistent behaviour. You don't need to have objected to a certain kind of behaviour in the past for it to be unwanted and constitute harassment.


What is sexual assault?


Sexual assault is any sexual touching that a person does not consent to. It involves all unwanted sexual contact including kissing, groping, rape and enforced sexual acts.

Anyone can be sexually assaulted, regardless of gender or sexuality. It does not matter if you have previously consented to sexual acts with that person, or with others. Whatever the circumstances, nobody has the right to force you to have sex or touch you without your consent. If this happens to you, it’s important to remember it’s not your fault.

 
Immediate help

●      Are you in immediate danger? If you are in immediate danger or seriously injured call 999 (or 112 from a mobile).

●      Find a safe space. If an incident has just happened, try to find somewhere you feel safe. If you are at the University, you can call University Security on 7777 or go to your nearest University building and ask someone to phone Security for you.

●      Portsmouth Abuse and Rape Counselling Service (PARCS) can offer support to anyone who has been sexually violated. Women’s Service: 023 9266 9511, Men’s Service: 023 9366 9516

 

Support for students

●      Make sure you look at the UoP Dignity and Respect Policy

●      Make sure you look Code of Student Behaviour

●      You can use the Report and Support system to report your concerns

●      Speak with one of the following for advice and guidance:

o   Personal Tutor

o   Student Union Advice Service

o   Student Wellbeing Service

o   A member of the Residence Life Team/Residence Life Assistant

o   Student Housing

o   Harassment and Bullying Advisor

o   Equality and Diversity


●      Talk to the police. You can do so by contacting the University Liaison Officer, Police Constable Dave Fairbrother either by e mail: dave.fairbrother@port.ac.uk or by phoning him on 023 9284 5989 or 07793 369 726 or you can report to the Police by calling 101 or in person at the Police station: Winston Churchhill Avenue, Portsmouth PO1 2DG, 8am-8pm everyday, Bank Holidays 10am-6pm

●      The University offers a range of health and wellbeing support through the Student Wellbeing Service. details of the services available and to book an appointment can be found here

●      Have an informal conversation with the Student Complaints Team, complaintsadvice@port.ac.uk, 02392 84 3103/3110

●      Access the Student Advice Service, Sort It Out, which tries to resolve disputes between students informally.

●      Consider submitting extenuating circumstances if your studies have, or are being affected.

 

Support for staff members

●      Make sure you look at the UoP Dignity and Respect Policy

●      Talk to your line manager. Particularly if your work has been/is being affected. If it is your line managers behaviour that is affecting you talk to their line manager

●      Have an informal conversation with 

o   Harassment Advisor

o   Equality and Diversity

o   HR Employment Practice Team

o   Your Trade Union representative

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●      Make a report to the police. You can report to the Police by calling 101 or in person at the Police station: Winston Churchhill Avenue, Portsmouth PO1 2DG, 8am-8pm everyday, Bank Holidays 10am-6pm

●      If the situation is affecting your wellbeing talk to your manager about a Management Occupational Health Referral

●      You may wish to access the Staff Employee Assistance Programme (EAP) service 

 

Other sources of support

●      Portsmouth Abuse and Rape Counselling Service (PARCS) can offer support to anyone who has been sexually violated. Women’s Service: 023 9266 9511, Men’s Service: 023 9366 9516

●      Survivors UK offers helpline services and online advice for male survivors of sexual assault and rape.

●      Galop supports LGBT+ people affected by sexual abuse, assault or violence.


●      Rape Crisis for support around experiences of sexual harassment.


●      The National Stalking Helpline for information and advice. Call 0808 802 0300 for free, 9:30am – 4pm, Monday to Friday (1pm – 4pm on Wednesdays).

 
●      Revenge Porn Helpline for practical help with removing online content and advice about reporting revenge porn. Call 0345 600 0459, 11am – 4pm, Monday to Friday.

 

Reporting for students and staff members

●      Report and Support. Staff and students can report an incident anonymously, or with contact details for support, using the University’s Report and Support system.

●      To the police. You can report a crime using the non-emergency number, 101. Rape Crisis have produced a list of things to think about if you’re considering reporting to the police. PARCS can also provide advice and information about reporting to the police.

●      Make a formal complaint using the University’s procedures laid out in the Dignity and Respect Policy 

 

 

 

 



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