If you have been raped or sexually assaulted:
- You are not to blame. The person who raped or assaulted you is to blame
- You do not have to cope alone
- There are many support services which can help you. They know how difficult it is for people to come forward. They will respect you and believe you
YOUR IMMEDIATE SAFETY:
Make yourself safe
If you are at home or in the home of someone else – has the attacker gone? If not, can you make yourself safe, contact a friend or family member or call the police? If you are in any danger or seriously injured call 999 immediately.
If possible, try and find somewhere you feel safe.
If you need a safe space or support from the University, on or off campus, call the Emergency Response Team on 07854 199020.
This number is available 24 hours a day for University Staff, University Students or other informants who need to report a serious incident that requires immediate and urgent response by the University.
The Safe Taxi Scheme
. This scheme has been set up so that students can get home safely - if you don't have any cash, you can pay the fare the next day. Call Rainbow City Taxis on 01224 878787
and order a taxi using the 'Safe Taxi' account name, and tell the operator your University and your student number.
Do you have any injuries?
If you have any physical symptoms after an assault you should seek medical help.
If this is more than a very minor injury, or if you were unconscious for even a short time, you should go to Accident and Emergency. If you can, it may be helpful to bring a friend or family member with you.
It is up to you how much information you provide, but the hospital staff will be able to offer you better advice if they are aware of the circumstances.
Your sexual health
If you have experienced an assault you should contact Grampian Sexual Health @ The Health Village who will be able to advise you on emergency contraception. Emergency contraception should be taken within 72 hours of the attack.
You may be concerned about contracting a sexually transmitted infection and will be able to discuss testing with staff at The Health Village.
They also have specialist medical and forensic services for anyone who has been raped or sexually assaulted within the SARC (sexual assault referral centre) located there.
You can contact Grampian Sexual Health @ The Health Village on: 0345 337 9900
FIND OUT MORE:
INDEPENDENT SPECIALIST SUPPORT:
There are a large number of support services you can call or visit.
112 Crown Street, Aberdeen, AB11 6HJ
Tel: 01224 590932. A local number available between 9am to 5pm.
Tel: 08088 01 03 02. Free to call any day between 6pm and midnight.
Tel: 08088 010 789 every Tuesday, 11 am to 2 pm.
The Scottish Women’s Rights Centre Advocacy Support Helpline is for women affected by gender based violence. At SWRC we know that abuse and violence can affect every area of a woman’s life. Our advocacy workers will be available once a week to answer questions around issues like housing, child welfare, benefits, employment, among many others, as well as to explain legal processes and signpost women to relevant support services. Through this helpline we will also identify women who might benefit from short or long-term non-legal representation, so we can advocate for their rights.
Phone: 0808 801 0301 (Helpline Open Mon - Fri, 10am - 4pm)
Helpline for Scotland providing support to women from minority backgrounds who have been affected by violence against women. Support is available in English, Urdu, Arabic, Bangla and Swahili. Service also runs a VAW awareness programme.
Revenge pornography is illegal. Contact the Revenge Porn helpline (only operating on email service at the moment) firstname.lastname@example.org
Monday – Friday, 10am – 4pm
mygov.scot have compiled a comprehensive guidance pack including advice on:
- practical things to think about after an assault
- how rape and sexual assault can affect people
- how rape and sexual assault is investigated and prosecuted
- meanings and court procedures
REPORTING TO THE POLICE:
Rape and Sexual Assault are Criminal Offences.
The police have specially trained officers who are available to assist you and you can be confident that your complaint will be taken seriously.
You can call the police non-urgently to report something of concern or even discuss a situation on 101 or contact the Rape Crisis Scotland National Helpline on 08088 01 03 02 (daily 6pm-12 midnight). In an emergency always call 999.
You can also report the incident anonymously by calling Crime Stoppers at any point on 0800 555 111
is for anyone who is thinking about reporting a sexual crime or who has already reported and their case is currently in the Scottish justice system. There are interviews with key professionals and an overview of how to report and what you may expect at each stage of the process.
If you're thinking of reporting to the police, Rape Crisis
have also produced a useful list of things to think about.
If the incident has been very recent, it may be useful to consider that the below are useful ways to preserve evidence before a medical examination:
- Not eating, drinking, smoking or brushing teeth.
- Keeping toilet tissue / sanitary products after use in a clean plastic bag.
- Not washing themselves or the clothes that were worn at the time of the incident.
Please note: Although it can be useful, you can proceed, and should not be discouraged from deciding to make a police report without this evidence.
If you make a report to the Police, you can ask for someone from the University to accompany you.
The Police are committed to providing a sensitive service which takes account of the trauma of sexual violence. To learn more about how Police Scotland respond to reports of sexual misconduct, see ‘Information and help after rape and sexual Assault’ :
If you contact the Police regarding a sexual misconduct report:
1) An initial report will be taken - you can ask to speak to a female or male officer and can take someone with you for support.
2) If you report a sexual offence the police may wish to collect clothing and other items relevant to the police investigation.
3) A Sexual Offences Liaison Officer (SOLO) will be assigned to you. This is a specialised officer who is trained in discussing sexual incidents and has insight into the impact that trauma can have on a person.
4) A witness statement will be taken and a medical examination can be arranged where appropriate.
5) Police Officers will carry out detailed enquiries with any potential witnesses and interview the person responsible. On the conclusion of the police investigation;
a) if there is insufficient evidence, the case will not be reported to the Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service and you will be informed of this.
b) if there is sufficient evidence, the Police will send a report to the Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service who will make a preliminary decision on the case.
6) Police Scotland will ensure you have the opportunity to obtain support from specialist external services, for example Rape Crisis.
7) Please note: if, at a later date, you do not want to go ahead with a criminal case, your wishes will be taken into account however the police may continue with the investigation.
FIND OUT MORE:
RGU SUPPORT FOR STUDENTS & STAFF:
- Report and Support. Students and staff can report an incident using the University’s Report and Support system. The purpose of this system is to provide support in the event of sexual violence or harassment. You can also choose to make an anonymous report.
- First Responder Scheme. Our support also system includes specially trained members of Robert Gordon University’s staff who can listen and offer support.
- Student Counselling & Wellbeing Centre. The Counselling & Wellbeing Centre is here to help and support you throughout your time at University.
- Staff Lifeworks Employee Assistance Programme. The EAP service offers confidential independent help, information, and guidance to University staff. It is accessed by telephone or web portal and is totally confidential. The Helpline is available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year to employees. It also allows for up to six face-to-face counselling sessions, offered near the caller’s home or place of work.
OTHER SOURCES OF SUPPORT:
- RGU Nightline is an anonymous, confidential, non-judgemental and non-advisory listening and information service run for students by students. Call: 01224 26 36 46. Lines are open 8pm to 8am Tues, Wed, Fri & Sat during term time.
- Samaritans are available to talk about anything that’s troubling you, no matter how large or small the issue. You don't have to be suicidal. Call: 116 123. Lines are open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.
- Breathing Space where experienced advisors will listen and offer information and advice. Call their Helpline number: 0800 83 85 87 Opening hours: Weekdays: Monday-Thursday 6pm to 2am. Weekend: Friday 6pm-Monday 6am