- Are you in immediate danger? If you are in immediate danger or seriously injured, you can contact the emergency services on 999 (or 112 from a mobile phone). Report and Support is not an emergency reporting tool.
- Find a safe space. If an incident has just happened, try and find somewhere you feel safe. If you need to find a safe space, see the contact details and other information about Health and Emergency services near you.
- Report and Support. Report and Support is the University's online reporting tool that provides direct, confidential help, whilst not immediately triggering a formal complaint. Students can report an incident using the University’s Report and Support system. You can choose to do this anonymously or you can request support from an advisor. If you choose to talk to an advisor, they will be able to talk through the options and support available to you, in confidence. No formal investigation will be triggered without your consent, but you can still access confidential support.
- University Procedure. If you choose to make a formal complaint to the University about a student or member of staff there are procedures which set out the steps you'll need to follow. Further details can be found on the Student Conduct and Complaints page.
- Deciding whether to report the incident to the police can be a difficult decision to make, especially if you are in a state of shock. If the incident has just taken place, and you are thinking of reporting to the police, try to go to the Sexual Assault Referral Centre (SARC) or police as soon as you can and within 72 hours if possible. If you do decide to report the assault, please try not to drink, eat, wash, smoke, brush your teeth, go to the toilet or change your clothes, if possible. Please also try to keep any condoms, bedding or clothing in separate, clean plastic bags. This will all help to preserve any forensic evidence. There is useful information on the Rape Crisis website about how you can preserve evidence yourself
You do not have to report the incident to the police. You can take your time to think about this option. You may want to ask a trusted friend to come and be with you and talk through your decision with them.
- A member of staff can support you through this if you wish them to. Please see above about how to contact someone for support from the University. Please be assured that the reporting process will be taken at your own pace and your involvement in it is voluntary throughout. You can discuss your reporting options with both the Specialist Wellbeing Adviser (Sexual Assault/ Harassment) and/or Sexual Assault Responders (SARs). The specialist staff at the university will never make assumptions about what you want to do, and will respect any decision that you make. The only exception to this will be if it is considered that, there is a substantial risk to you or to members of the University Community.
- If you suspect you were given any type of drug, it is best to be tested within 24 hours.
- If you are thinking of having a forensic medical examination, try to go to the SARC or police as soon as you can and within 72 hours if possible.
- If you need emergency contraception, the medication should be started within 72 hours. Information about accessing a nurse can be found on the Health Services page.
- If you think you may need HIV prophylaxis, the medication should be started within 72 hours.
- A specialist member of staff who is able to provide practical support and advice to anyone who reports an incident (support available at both Medway and Canterbury). You can book an appointment with the Specialist Wellbeing Adviser (Sexual Assault/Harassment) by emailing KentSSW@kent.ac.uk, or by calling 01227 82 3158 from Monday to Friday 9.00am to 5.00pm.
- If you decide to report an incident via Report and Support the Specialist Wellbeing Adviser (Sexual Assault/Harassment) will be informed and if you choose to provide contact details, they will be in touch within 3 working days.
- Please see Confidentiality information for details on how data will be stored.
- Sexual Assault Responders. If you would like to speak to someone and it is out of hours (5pm to 9am weekdays, and all day at weekends/bank holidays), support from a Sexual Assault Responder (SAR) can be accessed via Campus Security. You can access support through campus Security 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. They can be contacted as follows:
- Canterbury Campus Security on 3333 or 01227 823333 or go to Campus Security (24 hours) located next to Santander Bank.
- Medway Campus Security on 3333 or 01227 82333
- Sexual Assault Responders will not automatically be called if you support a report via Report and Support. You will need to use the numbers above to access this service. Sexual Assault Responders are trained members of staff who support and advise students who report incidents outside of normal office hours. They offer support, advice and information in a safe and confidential space (on campus) about what next steps are available. Any student, regardless of gender, gender identity or sexuality, can access a Sexual Assault Responder. Sexual Assault Responders also work in conjunction with the Specialist Wellbeing Adviser (Sexual Assault/Harassment).
- Harassment Contacts. If you are experiencing harassment (including bullying, discrimination, hate incidents or sexual harassment) and wish to seek further support, you can also make use of the Harassment Contacts within the University. The University has appointed and trained members of staff, who can be contacted for advice and support. You can choose to contact any of the contacts and may prefer to speak to someone from a different department or section.
- Domestic Violence: If you think you are (or someone you know is) in an abusive relationship, you can go to a One Stop Shop at Rising Sun Domestic Violence and Abuse Service, or with the University's Specialist Wellbeing Adviser by emailing KentSSW@kent.ac.uk or by calling 01227 82 3158 from Monday to Friday 9.00am to 5.00pm.
- Medical Support: If you think you require medical assistance following an incident, you are able to access Health Service Information. Accessing medical support would be dealt with confidentially in accordance with the NHS Code of Practice and would not be shared with the University. You can also view the process of getting medical support as a visual guide.
Reporting to the Police
Kent Police have information on their website about reporting sexual assaults. If you decide to report, the police will support and guide you through the process and will assign a specialist from their Sexual Offences Investigation Team. If forensic evidence is required and has not already been collected, then the Police may accompany you to Kent and Medway Sexual Assault Referral Centre (SARC) at Maidstone.
Reporting Anonymously via Crimestoppers
Anonymous reports to the University, including those via Report and Support, will not instigate any part of an investigation process.