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If you have experienced sexual violence you may wish to consider any or all of the options below, but how you proceed is entirely your decision:
You can call the police and report the incident, where evidence will be collected. Information about preserving evidence can be found here: http://preview.firstresponseoxford.org/evidence.html
You can go to a Sexual Assault Referral Centre (SARC) where you can receive medical and forensic help without necessarily getting the police involved.
You can receive emotional support from our Sexual Assault First Responders, our Peer Supporters, our JCR Welfare Reps, MCR Reps, the Junior Deans or the College Chaplain. See Welfare People for contact details.
You can also receive emotional support from the OUSU Counselling Service.
SEXUAL ASSAULT FIRST RESPONDERS
First Responders can talk you through the options above and can be a companion through any of the paths you wish to take, whether that is coming with you to the police, to a SARC or to A&E.
They can listen to anything you need to say, whether the incident happened recently or a while ago - you are not expected to ‘get over’ anything and your feelings are entirely valid, no matter how long ago you experienced violence.
Our current First Responders are: Romy Catmull, Imogen Hobby, Emily Huxley, Joe Morton, Florence Butterfield, Kate Partridge, Alice Mingay, Jess Ellins, Molly Garnett, Mike Fuller, Ronni Blackford.
If you don’t feel comfortable talking to any of these people, there is an app that can lead you through your options - search ‘First Response Oxford’ on the App Store or Google Play and there is an online version here.
The University also publishes webpages with advice and resources for survivors of sexual assault.
Thames Valley Independent Sexual Violence Advisory , tel 0800 221 8186, 9:00am-5:30pm Monday – Friday.