Sexual Violence Survivors Support

 

What is sexual violence?

Sexual violence is the general term we use to describe any kind of unwanted sexual act or activity, including rape, sexual assault, sexual abuse, and many others. The term also includes non-physical contact such as revenge porn, sending unwanted nudes and making unwanted sexual comments. Sexual violence can happen to anyone regardless of age, gender, race, sexual orientation, religion, class, or background. 

 

I think I've experienced sexual violence. What now?

  • Remember, it's not your fault: No matter what, it’s not your fault. Sometimes the first person a survivor needs to disclose the incident to is themselves. Too often survivors can internalize messages that it wasn’t “so bad” or was somehow their fault.
  • Share with someone you trust: this is never easy, but consider sharing with a friend, a personal tutor, or your resident adviser if you live on-campus. Let them know what you need.
  • Seek medical care: Even if there are no obvious injuries or you don’t want to report the assault to the police, it is important to seek medical attention if the assault just happened. Student Services can help you with that process.
  • Connect with support: Contact the Sexual Violence Prevention and Support Team within Student Services at Keele. We are here to listen to you, and will help you access resources and make an informed decision about next steps.

 

i need support from Keele, where can i go? 

Keele's Sexual Violence Prevention and Support Team are here to support students who have experienced sexual violence, whether it is recent or historic. Our Sexual Violence Liaison Officers (SVLOs) are specially trained to deal with these situations and will treat each case with sensitivity and respect.

 

how can the team help?

An SVLO can listen and discuss the options available to you through external services and within the university. Your appointed SVLO can also liaise with these external services and University staff where required and will provide ongoing 'wrap around' care and support.

You have access to our support regardless of whether the sexual violence happened on- or off-campus, or if you were subjected to sexual violence before you came to Keele.

With your consent, we can help you with:

  • Referrals to counselling and medical services
  • Academic and accommodation adjustments 
  • Understanding the reporting options available to you
  • Navigating systems and resources within the University
  • Signposting support in the local area and online

People react and deal with sexual violence in many different ways. Any way you choose to proceed will be fully respected. Our team will support you on whatever path works best for you. We will handle your disclosure with confidentiality and will respect your decisions - we are here to listen and support you.

Check out the University's Support page for more information on sexual violence reporting and the variety of options available to you.