I think someone I know has been sexually harassed
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 020 7919 7105 or our campus support officers on 020 7919 7284. Campus support officers works out of hours as a first point of contact for absolutely anything, seven days a week 6pm to 6am.
- 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.
Published on Oct 4, 2015 Based on the Samaritans guidelines for active listening
- Give options. When they have finished talking ask them if they are okay to talk through some possible options and next steps.
- Goldsmiths Sexual Violence Liaison Officers (SVLO). Our SVLO's are specifically trained and available for advice and guidance on further support options and for ongoing wellbeing support for students. Appointments can be booked through the Student Wellbeing Service by contacting firstname.lastname@example.org
- Report and Support. Students and staff can report an incident using the Goldsmith’s Report and Support system. They can choose to do this anonymously or They can request support by filling in the form with your contact details.
- University Procedure. If they choose to report a member of staff or a student by naming them in their report, there are procedures which set out the actions the college may take. This may include carrying out conduct investigations.