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As your Union, we aim to empower our students to look after them and stay safe as much as possible. So, we hope to provide some useful tips and resources to stay safe at Surrey.

We also know that unfortunately, some students may experience difficult or traumatic situations during their time at University, and may fall victim to hate crime, discrimination, or assault/harassment. If you experience any of these situations, we have compiled some information about dedicated support for survivors and victims of abuse.

On this page you will find: 

Staying safe at night   -   Survivor Support   -   Sexual Health 

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NO-MORE_INLINE_BADGE_RGB.pngNo More Week Campaign: 

End Sexual Violence and Harassment on Campus

Join us between 12th - 16th April 2021


The recent murder of Sarah Everard has us more aware than ever that the streets are still not safe for lots of people. At Surrey, we want to ensure that student safety is number one. Which is why this campaign is important: to educate, to call to action and to keep students safe. 

Why is this campaign important?

Recent statistics show that:

  • 97% of 18-24 year old womxn have experienced some form of sexual harassment or violence
  • 10% Surrey students said that they have experienced a sexual assault or rape
  • 14% Surrey Students said that they have experienced sexual harassment
  • In student reports, the majority of perpetrators of stalking, sexual assault and physical violence were already known to the survivor
  • Another student was the perpetrator in the majority of known cases of harassment, stalking, violence and sexual assault (except in physical violence where 48% of perpetrators were other students)
  • This isn't good enough and we want to make Surrey as Safe as possible

Sources: UN Women UK; Being well, doing well Survey, 2020; Hidden Marks: an NUS Study of female students' experiences of harassment, stalking, violence and sexual assault.

Check out the events that we have going on this week:

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How to be an ally: No More Week

Tuesday 13th April, 6.30pm, via Zoom

The event aims to better educate the student community on how we can be better allies to womxn and those of minority genders. Reflecting on our own behaviours, this discussion led by your Sabbatical officers will aim to help us understand what we can do to ensure the safety of our peers, particularly on a night out. Looking at the everyday language we use and how this contributes to sexual violence and what we can do as ally's to protect others. 

Join the conversation: https://surrey-ac.zoom.us/j/94285686692

Be a better ally and take the Consent Course: Consent | Wellbeing | MySurrey


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Wednesday 14th April, 8pm, Around Campus

Join the student community as we take to the streets at night to reclaim the night in this 'Light up the Night' walk in memory of all the students who have been sexually assaulted or harassed walking home, running, exercising or just going about their daily lives. 

You can start the walk from wherever you like at 8pm on the day and the aim is to walk from one campus to the other and around each campus, to stand together as one in a Covid secure demonstration. 

The event will be stewarded by volunteers from the Students' Union and by our Welfare Watch volunteers. University campus security have been informed to keep students safe, alongside the local police. 

You must adhere to Covid guidelines: 

  • You must stick to social distancing, and stay within 2m of one another. Where this is not possible, you must wear a face mask and take extra precautions
  • You must only walk in pairs, or small groups of no more than six people. Groups of more than six people will be broken up by stewards. 
  • You must not take part if you are experiencing symptoms of Covid 19 (see below)
  • We strongly encourage all those taking part to have a lateral flow test before the event
  • We strongly encourage all those to wear a mask whilst participating, as per the University guidance which advises wearing a mask when on campus or moving between campus', unless you are exempt
  • You should wash your hands regularly and for at least 20 seconds

You must NOT take part if: 

  • You experience any Covid-related symptoms or feel unwell due to unexpected symptoms, no matter how mild
  • Someone in your flat or house is displaying symptoms or tested positive
  • You have received a positive Covid-19 test result
  • You have been contact traced and told to self-isolate.
  • You have been instructed to self-isolate following travel into the country.


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Get Involved: Share a selfie of yourself on social media

We want to highlight to the student community that we are standing together to look after one another and that there is support out there if you need it. 

Take a selfie during No More Week of yourself outside at night: Tag @surreyunion ; #NoMoreAtSurrey ; Signpost to Report+Support. 

Check our Support Zonees who have joined in: 

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We are asking the University and Community to keep students safe by:

  • Continue addressing streetlight needs, particularly at Manor Park and Hazel Farm
  • Ask the council to provide more streetlights and CCTV in areas of vulnerability to students.
  • More safety for Surrey's student sex workers
  • Asking students to #MakethePledge to take the Consent Course
  • Ensure that Battersea court doors remain locked at all times.
  • Asking the University train a member of staff as a SVLO (Sexual Violence Liaison Officer)

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What we have already achieved:

  • On campus lighting: 
    • Initiated a survey of street lighting around campus which led to the repair of multiple power lines around campus meaning street lights could be turned back on
    • The commitment from the University to frequently analyse street lighting on campus
    • Work continues on street lighting at Hazel Farm & Manor Park as this needs addressing
    • Hoping to start query how students can report when a street light on campus isn't working
  • Off Campus Lighting:
    • Lengthy conversations with the link between the University and Guildford Borough Council about specific areas of concern including Bannisters Field and the Cricket Ground Alleyway
    • Conversations due to start surrounding immediate safety changes that can be made including signage
  • Report+Support:

  • The launch of Report+Support has been a success, and we welcome the University's commitment to publish detailed information on the first year of Report+Support report. We believe transparency can increase confidence and help make Surrey safer.

  • #MakethePledge: 
    • We are pleased that students are taking the Consent Matters as part of our Union campaign in November. There is still time to take the consent course: Consent | Wellbeing | MySurrey

  • If you are a victim or survivor or sexual assault or harassment at the University, whilst breaching government Covid guidelines, you will NOT be penalised or disciplined by the University for reporting. The University wants to make sure that students feel empowered to come forward and report what has happened, without the fear or further disciplinary action for Covid breaches. 

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The launch of Report+Support has been a success, and we welcome the University's commitment to publish detailed information on the first year of Report+Support report. We believe transparency can increase confidence and help make Surrey safer.

We are pleased to hear the statistic that ALL submissions to Report+Support are actioned by the University and taken seriously by the University. The 12% that cannot be actioned are due to insufficient information or where the submission requests that no action is taken. 



Staying Safe at Night

For urgent support, please click here

For on campus, on going support and someone to talk to, please click here

To report an incident, including harassment or abuse (for yourself or another) please click here

Welfare Watch

Welfare Watch are dedicated student volunteers, aimed at making your night our in Rubix safer. Based in the Front Room, Welfare Watch are there to support you when you have been asked to leave Rubix, or if you are not allowed into Rubix. Armed with sick bowls and phone chargers, they have everything you need to stay safe, and warm, whilst you sober up or wait for your friends to end their night. 

Find Welfare Watch in the Front Room every Wednesday for Citrus and Friday for Flirt! 

Welfare Watch closes 20 minutes before Rubix closes. 

Find out more here!

Walking alone at night

  • If you have to walk, avoid short cuts in lonely areas. Keep to well-lit, busy streets.

  • Always walk facing oncoming traffic so a car cannot pull up behind you.

  • If you regularly go walking or jogging, vary your route.

  • Avoid using a personal music player or mobile phone while walking or jogging. They can distract you from your surroundings.

  • If you think you’re being followed, walk to the busiest place you can find or knock on a door. Then call the police.

  • Consider carrying a personal attack alarm.

  • When approaching your car or home, have your keys ready so you can enter without delay.

  • If you are attacked, shout for help as loudly as you can or shout for someone to contact the police. Use your personal attack alarm. Try to get to a safe place and call the police.

  • Download a personal safety app such as Hollie Guard - hollieguard.com

In Case of Emergency (I.C.E.) Number

Make sure you have your main contact in your phone labelled as ICE. Many smart phones have a medical ID section for emergencies. 

Stay Together, Stay Safe

  • Don’t leave your friends to get home alone - travel in groups or pairs to ensure you all get back safely. 

  • Make sure you have contact details for a reliable taxi company.

  • If you leave Rubix separately, why not ask to wait in Welfare Watch?

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Survivor Support

If you have experienced, or been a victim of harassment, bullying, hate crime, racism, sexual assault or physical violence on campus, the Students' Union is here to support you. 

We are: Non-directive. We wont ever tell you what to do but instead, we can work through your options with you, whether that be reporting to the Police, to the University, anonymously reporting or not reporting. As we are impartial, we can talk you through each process and likely outcomes in each case so that you are able to make a well informed decision that works for you and your time at University

You can report to the University either anonymously or otherwise here:

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What happens if I report to the University? 

Anonymous reporting: If you report anonymously then it is likely that the University wont be able to act on what you have said unless you have provided evidence. However, reporting anonymously does give the University the opportunity to build a bigger picture of what is going on at the University, and where. For example, there might be more than one allegation about a student or staff member that needs to be investigated or, an area of the University is deemed unsafe - so it is still worth reporting anonymously to the University. 

Non- Anonymous reporting: If you decided to attach your name to the report then someone will be in touch with you regarding your report, if you wish, to ensure you are ok and getting support from the relevant people. From there, they can start the reporting process, as outlined below.

You can also report without using Report and Support - and you can go directly to Security to report any incidents to the University.

You can find out more about the reporting process by reading the below or, by emailing ussu.advice@surrey.ac.uk for confidential and impartial advice and guidance. 

The Union believe that the University takes acts of harassment, assault, bullying and discrimination very seriously. Where allegations are upheld, the University practises a zero tolerance policy. For the University, this means that where an allegation is found to be true, there will be consequences for those involved. 

Unfortunately our victim support drop ins have now ended but if you need support from your Union through this process, and impartial advice and guidance, please email ussu.advice@surrey.ac.uk 

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Sexual Consent

​What does sexual consent mean? ​

It means that both parties willingly agree to taking part in sexual activity, which is anything that imposes on someone's personal boundaries. This can be anything from a hug, touching or ​kissing to oral or penetrative sex. 

Before you engage in any sexual activity, you must be sure that you have, and give, consent. 

Not sure? Stop and ask! 

There is nothing sexier than being 100% sure that your partner(s) actually wants to have sex with you...

It may seem obvious, but it is important that you understand what consent is, how to know that you have it and when to stop. 

Sex without consent is rape or sexual assault and is against the law.

Being under the influence of alcohol or drugs is not an excuse for committing sexual assault. Take a look at Drink Awar​e's campaign, Wouldn't do it Sober, Shouldn't do it Drunk:  www.drinkaware.co.uk/wouldnt-shouldnt​ 

You cannot get consent if:

• It is assumed

​​• Is forced, pressured or violent

• Your partner is asleep

• Your partner is passed out, too drunk or 

• Your partner doesn't understand what is happening

• ​Your partner changes their mind 

Find out more about sexual consent and test your knowledge with the quiz at pauseplaystop.org.uk​  ​​

​​If you have been affected by the content of the Consent video and would like to talk to someone in confidence, you can get in touch with Guildford's Rape and Sexual Abuse Support Centre at  https://www.rasasc.org/​​

Sexual Health

In 2019/2020 you VP Support campaigned for more SHAG (Sexual Health and Guidance) on campus. 

As a result, the University now has a dedicated sexual health nurse on campus, so you can check yourself and stay safe on campus. 

You can find out more here: https://wellbeing.surrey.ac.uk/sexual-health-and-contraception

Think you have a High SHAG IQ? Why not test yourself with our quiz?

  

 


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