This Ends Now

Posted 1 March 2021
By Evie Kyte
Only one in TEN women students in the UK who experience sexual assault or rape will report it. This Ends Now.

This Ends Now

Only one in TEN women students in the UK who experience sexual assault or rape will report it to their University or the police. (Click here for the research.)

This Ends Now.

Students at Hull deserve better. We want you to be able to report sexual assault and rape, and to feel supported in this process, so today, we’re launching the This Ends Now campaign.

 

What do we want from this campaign?

We want students at Hull to;

  • Know that your experience of sexual assault is valid, regardless of any reasons you might doubt or think that it is not serious.
  • Know the support available to survivors of sexual assault and rape, in the University and in the city.
  • Know how to, and feel comfortable reporting sexual assault and rape to the University/Police.
  • If you do choose to report, feel supported in this process.
  • Know how to safely call out sexual harassment and assault.
  • Learn about consent, and your own attitudes about sexual assault and rape.

What have we done so far?

Consent training

After gathering your feedback on what should be included, myself and Phoebe, have written consent training which will soon be available for all students to undertake via www.myjourney.hull.ac.uk. This training is inclusive, and covers what consent looks like across a variety of scenarios. It talks about common misconceptions and myths about sexual assault and rape, and reasons that you might not believe your experience is valid, even though it still is. It also discusses how you can be a good bystander if you see a situation that doesn’t look right.

University Sexual Violence Group

We have set up a group with members of the University of Hull to talk about the University’s systems and processes, and what can be changed/improved. This is split into several subgroups, including reporting, training and communications and support.

Here are a few examples of what the subgroups are doing;

We are currently looking into how we can improve the ‘Raise a welfare concern’, which is a tool that students can use to report sexual assault among other incidents. We want to make sure that if you want to report, you know how to do it, you receive information about where to get urgent support, and you know what happens in the process.

We are also reviewing the training that staff undertake. We want to make sure that staff and students know what to do if someone tells them that they have been sexually assaulted or raped, and the support that they can direct these students do.

We are also looking at how the University and Students’ Union communicate to students about sexual assault and the support available. We don’t want to shy away from saying that sexual assault happens in Hull, and every University campus. We want to make sure that the support for students is clearly communicated, and easy to access.

Reclaim the Night

In November, we hosted a virtual ‘Reclaim the night’. This is an event to protest the fact that many women do not feel safe to talk home alone in the dark. We discussed personal stories, the injustice of the world, and what the next steps of the campaign are.

 

What’s next?

This Ends Now Pledge

This month, a pledge has been released that any student or member of the public can sign to say that they will call out sexual assault, and stand with survivors of sexual assault and rape. Add your signature here!

This Ends Now Action Group

On Wednesday 10th March, 16.00-17.00, we will be holding an action group, which is an opportunity for you to share your thoughts on how the University and Students’ Union can better support survivors of sexual assault, and better prevent sexual assault.

Click here to join the group.

(Please be aware that this may discuss sensitive and personal experiences, so we ask you to consider your own wellbeing and what works for you, and also to appreciate that others may have different experiences to yourself.)

Sexual Assault is never okay, no ifs and no buts.

If you want to get involved or find out more, email Evie, President of Inclusivity and Diversity at [email protected]

Or to follow the Facebook page click here

 

 

If you have been affected by the topics discussed, you can find support;

University of Hull Mental Health Team

 The University of Hull provides Mental Health Practitioners who offer a free, confidential and non-judgemental listening and advice service on campus. If you have experienced or are currently experiencing rape, sexual assault or domestic abuse you can contact them for an appointment. Details for booking appointments can be found here.

The CASA Suite  

Offers free support and practical help to anyone in the Humberside area who has experienced sexual violence and/or sexual abuse. It is completely confidential and personal information does not have to be given to receive help. They have a range of options, including a medical examination that can preserve evidence for future use in court if desired, immediate medical care provided by female medical examiners and support in going to the police.

Forensic evidence is ideally collected within hours or several days of the incident. This evidence can be kept for seven years if a person later chooses to take the perpetrator to a court in future.

Contact Number: 0330 223 01 81 (not a helpline as this is only monitored during office hours)

Email: [email protected]

HRCSAS 

Offers free counselling services through trained counsellors who conduct one-to-one counselling sessions by appointment. They provide a drop-in service on a Wednesday morning 10:00 – 13:00. They also have a helpline open Tuesdays and Thursdays between 13:00 – 16:00.

Helpline: 01482 329 990

Email: [email protected]

The Hull University Students' Union Advice Centre 

Offers free, confidential and impartial advice. Making an appointment with the Advice Centre does not mean that you have to report anything to the university.

Contact Number: 01482466263

Or contact the Advice Centre by email

Blue Door 

Charitable service that provides support to anyone who has experienced sexual violence. During term time they provide an on campus drop in service on Fridays 12:30 – 2:30pm located in central hub on the first floor of student central. You can either contact Blue Door directly to book an appointment with them, get assistance from the Mental Health Support team to book with them, or simply turn up to the drop in session without prior arrangement.

Another service that the Blue Door can offer is the use of 'Independent Sexual Violence Advisers'  who provide support for those who have experienced rape, childhood sexual abuse or other sexual offenses in the Humberside area. Their role is to ensure you received the help you need in the immediate aftermath and support long term recovery.

Helpline: 0800 197 47 87

Email: [email protected]

The NHS's Mental Health Response Service 

 Urgent service for people living in Hull and the East Riding of Yorkshire who are experiencing severe and enduring mental health problems, or an acute mental health crisis.

To access the service, telephone 01482 301701.

Survivors UK 

A charity for male survivors of sexual assault and rape, and are based primarily in London but do offer online guidance and signposting for people in the rest of the UK. Their services include counselling, legal support as well as group support.

Helpline: 02035 983898

Email: [email protected]

Safeline 

A support charity for men and women that provides a number of services, including online counselling and support/guidance via telephone if desired. Their services can include creative therapies and group support.

Helpline for men: 0808 800 5005

Helpline for women: 0808 802 9999

Email: [email protected]

Victim Support

A charity so provide victims of crime with advice and confidential support to help you move beyond the impact of crime.

Specialist teams deliver tailored support to help people recover from the effects of crime and traumatic events. Support can be requested here.

Helpline: 0808 168 9111

Galop

An anti-vioence LGBT+  charity specialising in sexual violence as well as hate crime and domestic abuse. Based primarily in London, Galop do offer support and guidance to members of LGBT+ community throughout the UK.

They specialise in support in reporting crimes to the police or answering questions about the criminal justice system. Reports can be made online here.

National helpline: 0800 999 5428

Revenge Porn Helpline

 This service offers practical assistance in reporting and removing content online. Whilst they cannot guarantee removal of all images, their partnerships with internet industry partners allows them to minimise the reach, and some of the harm, caused by revenge pornography. They provide coaching and advice on how and when to gather evidence and approach the authorities but cannot undertake criminal investigations or report to the police on the victim's behalf.

Helpline: 0345 600 0459 (10am – 4pm)