Assault & Harassment

'Not on’ Campaign

The Guild of Students and the University of Birmingham believe that sexual harassment is not acceptable. Together, we are committed to tackling sexual harassment and believe staff and students have the right to live and study in a safe and supportive environment.

We are committed to creating an inclusive and welcoming community that is free from harassment.

Sexual harassment comes in many forms. It can be physical, emotional, and verbal – anything that makes another person feel uncomfortable or intimidated. Examples of sexual harassment include:

  • Unwanted groping
  • Uninvited kisses and/or bodily contact
  • Wolf whistling
  • Catcalling
  • Inappropriate sexual comments
  • Sexually based insults, jokes, songs or taunts

We believe that you should never have to put up with sexual harassment. You should never be made to feel uncomfortable by another individual; whether this occurs in bars, on campus, on public transport or online, and by whomever - people you know or complete strangers.

“You report, we support”

The University of Birmingham is committed to ensuring a safe and supportive environment for all students, and to responding appropriately to any incidents of sexual assault. As part of our commitment to the safety and wellbeing of our students, the University has introduced an on-line reporting tool. This reporting tool has been designed specifically for students who have been sexually assaulted. Support and advice will be available to any student that reports an incident of sexual assault.

The online reporting form is now live here.

Survivors Support Group

A peer led support group run by the Women’s Association for people of all genders who have experienced abuse or sexual violence. Contact womens@guild.bham.ac.uk for more information.

Harassment Advice Service

The University’s Harassment Advice Service is provided by trained, volunteer members of staff to assist any member of the University of Birmingham affected by Harassment including staff, students, and visitors.

Telephone: 0121 415 8774 (ext.58774) 
Email: harassment@contacts.bham.ac.uk
Website: https://intranet.birmingham.ac.uk/hr/wellbeing/employeesupportservices/harassment/index.aspx

Further Support

SARC and West Midlands Police

The University of Birmingham are currently working in partnership with SARC (Sexual Assault Referral Centre) and West Midlands to create an online reporting tool for students who have witnessed or experienced sexual assault. Once this goes live we will place a link here. In the meantime if you have experienced sexual assault you can access support from any of the following;

Horizon SARC

Horizon Sexual Assault Referral Centre (SARC) is a dedicated service offering expert support and advice for men, women and children who have experienced rape or sexual assault. All ages can be supported through a police process, however they understand that not everyone wishes to make a formal complaint to the Police. For those over 18 Horizon can provide support for you without involving the Police.

Telephone: 0808 168 5698

RSVP (Rape and Sexual Violence project)

Birmingham RSVP believe that everyone deserves a life free from sexual violence and abuse. RSVP offer empathic services to support and inspire children, women and men who have been affected by sexual violence and abuse.

If you have been affected by sexual abuse, you can access our free services. Get in touch with us to find out how we can support you on 0121 643 0301 / info@rsvporg.co.uk

Birmingham & Solihull Women’s Aid

Birmingham’s Women’s Aid provide support for those affected by domestic violence, rape or sexual abuse. For those who have experienced or are worried about forced marriage, honour based violence or female genital mutilation. For young woman who have experienced violence or abuse in their relationship.

Telephone: 0808 800 0028

Birmingham Crisis Centre

Birmingham Crisis Centre is a local charity which provides a safe haven for victims of domestic violence. The 24hr helpline is available to ANY women and their children who are victims of domestic violence and are seeking refuge, help, advice and support.
Telephone: 0121 507 0707 (24 hours)
enquiries@birminghamcrisis.org.uk

 

The Freedom Project Birmingham

Design and deliver Awareness & Empowerment programmes and creative activities.
0121 624 5775
info@birminghamfreedomproject.org

ManKind

Providing services and support for male victims and campaigning to ensure that male victims receive the support they need from other organisations. Offer confidential helpline for male victims of domestic abuse and domestic violence.
01823 334244

 

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