Sexual misconduct, violence and harassment
At University Centre Bishop Burton (UCBB) we are committed to prevent and tackle all forms of gender-based violence or sexual violence or misconduct. This includes rape, sexual assault, harassment, stalking, coercive control, or any other type of abuse.
Here you can find the information and support available for all those affected by gender-based or sexual violence or misconduct. Including how to support a friend or colleague.
Are you in immediate danger?
If you are in immediate danger, call 999. If you are on campus, call the campus wardens on 3266 from your hall phone, 01964 553000 (option 6) or 07702553935 (mobile) as they will ensure that the emergency services can access your location. You can also call the Care After Sexual Assault (CASA) suite, who will provide immediate practical and emotional support. They are available 24/7 and be contacted on 0330 223 0181 (day) and 0330 223 0099 (night and 24 hours). You can access this service regardless of whether you wish to report to the police or not.
Rape Crisis has two clear definitions for sexual harassment and sexual assault, both of which are forms of sexual violence.
Sexual harassment is any unwanted sexual behaviour that makes someone feel upset, scared, offended, or humiliated, or is meant to make them feel that way.
Sexual assault happens when someone touches another person in a sexual manner without their consent. Or when someone makes another person take part in a sexual activity with them without that person's consent. It includes unwanted kissing and sexual touching
Consent – What is it?
- Sexual consent means that a person willingly agrees to have sex or engage in sexual activity.
- Sexual activity without consent is sexual assault or rape.
- Forcing someone to do something against their will is not consent, this includes physically forcing someone or using words to threaten, manipulate or persuade them.
- To give consent, a person must be able to make their own decisions.
- If a person is asleep, they cannot give consent.
- If a person is incapacitated through alcohol or drugs, they cannot give consent.
- Agreeing to a form of sexual activity one time does not imply consent for future activities.
- Consent can be withdrawn at any time. People can and do change their mind.
If you have been sexually assaulted, harassed, or are supporting someone who has been, it can be difficult to know where to turn to for support. No matter what has happened, it is not your fault and what you do next is your choice. At University Centre Bishop Burton, we are committed to ensuring that our students receive appropriate support and guidance following any incident or sexual violence, assault or harassment.
Our Health and Wellbeing team specialise in supporting and preventing sexual misconduct and harassment. Their role is to support students by providing; emotional support; advice and guidance about internal and external reporting options; supporting with managing the impact on studies and other aspects of life; help to access other services within the UCBB and in the wider community; adjustments to teaching and learning and advice and help with accommodation and finances.
You can access our team regardless of whether the experience has happened whilst at UCBB or before joining us. The Health and Wellbeing team do not provide therapy or counselling but will help you to access this internally, or from local services if needed.
Supporting a survivor of sexual misconduct
What to do if someone discloses sexual assault or sexual misconduct to you.
- Remain calm, try not to panic. Try not to look upset or shocked and keep an open mind to what you are about to hear.
- Listen to the person and acknowledge that they are being brave by sharing what has happened to them.
- Do not probe for excessive details, it is up to the survivor if they want to share this with you.
- Do not be judgmental or cast doubt on the survivor, the proportion of false allegations is less than 3%. A sexual assault is never the fault of the person who is abused.
- Refer the survivor to the right place. There are a range of suggestions on this page.
- Offer practical support such as going to appointments with them.
- Do not force the person to report if they do not want to, Respect their decision.
- Do not try to control the situation, it is important for the survivor to be in control over what happens next.
- If you are a member of staff, keep a record of what was disclosed. Make a note of the facts, you do not need to include your opinion or other subjective statements. Also, make a note of the guidance that you have given.
- Keep notes in a secure and confidential space because you may need to find them or share them in the future, if for example, the survivor decides to make a formal report.
- Please be aware that notes could be used if the case goes to court. You could be called as a witness and your notes could be classed as evidence. Make sure your notes are clear and accurate.
'I'm worried about a student'
Whether you're a parent, friend, or member of our local community, if you are concerned that one of our students needs help and support, please let us know by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
There are several ways you can report sexual violence, assault or harassment. Whether you report and who you report to is completely your choice, we will support you whatever you decide.
If you are not in immediate danger, you can call the police on 101 to make a report and a Police Officer will arrange to meet with you to take a statement. If you are in immediate danger, you can call 999 for assistance.
Our team will take you through all report options including what options are available to you if the perpetrator is also a student. If you decide you want to report the incident, our Health and Wellbeing team and the Safeguarding team will support you through the process including helping you to understand the potential outcomes.
Training and Policies
Local Support Services
The Blue Door
The Blue Door are a specialist service (Independent Sexual Violence Advisers) who provide support to anyone who has experience rape and serious sexual offences in Hull and the East Riding of Yorkshire, through a variety of advocacy, outreach workers, groups and programmes.
Appointments can be booked directly with The Blue Door, or a direct referral can be made through the Health and Wellbeing team.
Helpline: 0800 1974787
SARC (Sexual Assault Referral Centre)
The CASA Suite SARC offers free support and practical help to anyone in the Humberside area who has experienced sexual violence and/or sexual abuse. Individuals will be offered support and guidance, a medical assessment/treatment, a forensic examination, and the opportunity of aftercare referrals for support services. These services are offered based on your individual needs and you can access as much or as little of this service as you wish.
Self-referrals can be made to this service by calling the number below; you do not need to have reported the incident to the police.
Telephone: 0330 223 0181
Hull Rape Crisis
Hull Rape Crisis deliver a free confidential counselling service for women and provide a telephone helpline through which women can access support anonymously. The helpline is open Monday to Friday, 9:30am to 4pm, with a 24-hour answer machine available. Support and information is also provided by text, letter and email when requested. They also provide information and support to third parties, such as friends, partners, family members and professionals.
Telephone: 01482 329990
Domestic Abuse Partnership (DAP)
DAP support anyone who is, or has been, in a domestically abusive relationship. The team consists of specialist practitioners who all have extensive knowledge and understanding of domestic abuse and include: domestic abuse support workers, housing advisors, a social worker, a health practitioners, addictions workers and police domestic violence coordinators. They provide emotional support, housing advice, legal and safety planning, plus much more.
Telephone: 01482 318759
Hull DAP Male Victim Support service: 01482 613978
Hull Women’s Aid
Hull Women’s Aid support women and children who are experiencing/fleeing domestic abuse, by providing safe accommodation, telephone and direct advice and individual support to any woman who requests it. Women’s Aid run a 24/7 helpline and live chat on their website.
Telephone: 01482 446099
Helpline: 0800 048 9944
Support victims of honour-based and forced marriage.
Helpline: 0800 5999 247 (Monday-Friday, 9am to 5pm)
Strength to Change
Support men who are concerned about their violence and abuse in their intimate relationships.
Telephone: 01482 613403
National Support and Helplines
An online resource library detailing information and support organisations for a variety of issues that people who have been victims/survivors of domestic abuse and sexual violence may experience, including; legal support, financial support, housing, and crisis relief, to name a few. The website also includes self-care information and survivor stories.
Domestic Violence 24-hour National Helpline
Open to people of all genders affected by domestic and sexual violence.
Freephone: 0808 2000 247
Text support: 07797805839
Support all LGBT+ people who have experience hate crime, domestic abuse, or sexual violence.
Hate Crime helpline: 020 7704 2040 (Monday- Friday, 10am to 4pm)
Domestic Abuse helpline: 0800 999 5428 (Monday- Friday, 10am to 5pm)
Specialist support for male survivors of sexual violence or abuse including online support options.
Telephone: 020 3598 3898
Victim Support help anyone affected by crime, not only those who experience it directly, but also their friends, family and any other people involved. You can access this support regardless of whether you have reported to the police or not.
Telephone: 0300 303 1976 (Monday- Friday, 9am to 8pm, Saturday 9am to 1pm)
Campaign and support organisations with focus on female genital mutilation (FGM).
Telephone: 020 8960 4000 (Monday-Friday, 9.30am to 5.30pm)
Revenge Porn Helpline
Support adults (aged 18+) who are experiencing intimate image abuse via a helpline and can offer practical assistance in reporting and removing content online. It is an offence to share intimate images or videos of someone, on or offline, without their consent and with the intention of causing distress.
Helpline: 0345 600 0459 (Monday-Friday, 10am to 4pm)
Rights For Women
Operate a helpline for women in England and Wales to receive advice on Criminal Law, including sexual offences, domestic violence (including harassment and stalking), reporting offences to the police and criminal injuries compensation.
Telephone: 020 7251 887
A free app and website to support those affected by domestic abuse, their friends and family, as well as practitioners and employers. It has a UK-wide directory of specialist domestic abuse services and questionnaires to assess the safety of a relationship, alongside resources and information on topics around domestic abuse.