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Rape, assault, harassment and other forms of sexual violence can happen to anyone. It is never the survivor’s fault.
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 getting the police involved.
You can receive emotional support from our Sexual Assault First Responders, our Peer Supporters, our JCR Welfare Reps (Conor Hamilton and Hannah Congdon), the Junior Deans (Melissa Bailey and James Charlesworth), the College Chaplain (Andrew Teal). See Welfare People for contact details.
You can also receive emotional support from the OUSU Counselling Service.
PEMBROKE 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 First Responders are: Farheen Ahmed, Ronni Blackford, Romy Catmull, Arnav Chaube, Hannah Congdon, Sophie Dowle, Deon Fang, Conor “Hamish” Hamilton, Immie Hobby, Emm Huxley, Katherine Lightbown, Millie McLuskie, Joe Morton, Nimarta Narang, Sophie Popovich, Julia Wu and Alice Yevko.
PEMBROKE PEER SUPPORTERS
Our JCR Peer Supporters are: Natan Bram, Hannah Congdon, Vicky Firth, Fong Yew Loong, Harry Hamer, Conor “Hamish” Hamilton, Kat Howarth, Katherine Lightbown, Ste Szczepanek.
You can read more about Peer Support here.
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 of Oxford also has webpages with advice and resources for survivors of sexual assault - see here.