#NoMore is a Lincolnshire wide campaign which takes place in September and February each year. The campaigns aim is to promote services in Lincolnshire who can offer support to someone who has experienced sexual violence and abuse, and to encourage a culture change in the county to prevent sexual violence from occurring. A number of organisations across the county get involved, including the police, County Council and various sexual violence and abuse support services. You can find out more about the #NoMore campaign here.

This year the #NoMore campaign is running from the 25th September to the 1st October. During this week the Student Wellbeing Centre will be out around campus talking to our staff and students about the campaign, and we will be asking you to get involved by sharing why you support the campaign. We are going to be collecting photos of people who get involved in the campaign and posting them on the Student Wellbeing Centre Facebook and Twitter accounts, so please follow what we’re doing! The week’s events will run from 10am-2pm each day as follows:

Monday 25th – Wednesday 27th September: Student Wellbeing will be located on the courtyard between Minerva and MHT between 10am and 2pm.

Thursday 28th September: Student Wellbeing will be holding a Services Fayre in the Atrium, with local sexual violence and victim support agencies joining us.

Friday 29th – Sunday 1st: Join us on social media and post your contribution to the campaign!

You may have seen us at the Sports and Societies Fayres last week, collecting photos for the campaign this week. We will be sharing these on our social media accounts throughout the week, so please share them with your societies and sports teams!

Online reporting is now available for all students at the University of Lincoln to report any form of sexual misconduct. Below is some information explaining our online reporting system and how our students can access it.

Why online reporting?

Providing online reporting means there are more options available to someone who wants to report sexual misconduct to us. We recognise that when someone has experienced sexual misconduct it can be really difficult to tell someone face to face. Online reporting means that our students can take that first step by submitting the information online, with the Student Wellbeing Centre then contacting them to discuss it further. Online reporting also allows a report to be made to us outside of University services opening hours, with an immediate list of local support services being provided once the report is submitted. We hope that having the option of making an online report first will help our students feel more confident in coming forward and reporting sexual misconduct to us.

Even if someone decides not to access support after they submit their report, the information they share with us will mean that we can see what is happening on campus, and where we need to target our prevention work.

How will the online reporting work?

The online form will ask the student making the report for details about themselves, the incident and whether they have previously reported what happened to a specialist agency or someone at the University. We have kept the online reporting form as short as possible, whilst making sure that we have enough information to offer the right advice and support.

Once the report is submitted, it will go directly to the Student Wellbeing Centre. The student who has made the report will immediately receive a list of local support agencies, in case they need support before the Student Wellbeing Centre can contact them. A Wellbeing Advisor from the Student Wellbeing Centre will then make contact with the reporting student within one working day, inviting them to come to the Student Wellbeing Centre to explore their options and any support they may need. It is always the decision of the student what support they might like, and the Student Wellbeing Centre will never pass a student’s details on to the police without their consent. That said, if the student would like to make a full or anonymous report to the police, the Student Wellbeing Centre can support them with this.

You can access the online reporting through the Student Wellbeing Centre site.

This morning we were at the Lincoln Higher Education Research Institute (LHERI) launch, where we were presenting a poster about the project (photograph below). It was great to see so many interesting posters about important research being done at the University and to share what we are doing with colleagues. We look forward to hearing how all the projects progress!

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Why is this project needed?

This project has been set up in response to the Universities UK ‘Changing the Culture’ report, which investigated the nature and scale of violence against women, harassment and hate crime on university campuses, and their effect on those who experience them. From their findings, Universities UK drew up a series of recommendations for universities on preventing and responding to sexual misconduct. These recommendations included taking an institution-wide approach, providing bystander intervention programmes and developing a clear, accessible reporting system.

It is important for universities to create a respectful culture on campus where no form of violence or discrimination is tolerated. It is also important that universities provide support to students if they do experience any form of sexual violence, as experiencing sexual violence can affect someone’s mental and physical health, personal relationships and studies. Additionally, university student demographics make preventing and responding to sexual violence necessary, as research has shown that young women aged 16-24 are at higher risk of experiencing sexual violence (British Crime Survey as cited in Hidden Marks). This is not to say that people of other ages and genders do not also experience sexual violence, and the outputs of the project will be accessible to all students at the University of Lincoln. For more statistics and information on sexual violence within university communities, a useful resource is the NUS ‘Hidden Marks’ report, which contains the findings from extensive research carried out in 2010.

 

What will the project be doing?

Two key aspects of the project are the design and implementation of bystander education programmes for our staff and students, and the creation of clear and accessible online reporting systems for students who experience any form of sexual violence whist at university. Both of these are currently being developed by the Student Wellbeing Centre and Human Resources, and should be available to staff and students for the beginning of the 17/18 academic year. More information will be available here soon, explaining what the bystander programmes are and why they are important, as well as how the online reporting system can be accessed.

In the meantime, if you are interested in learning more about bystander intervention programmes you can access information here.

There will also be plenty of campaigns to get involved in over the next year, keep checking back to see what is coming up!

 

Who is the project working with?

For this project to be successful and effective it is important that we work together with local specialists in sexual violence. We will therefore be working alongside and consulting with a number of partners, including academic staff and Students’ Union representatives from within the University and specialist external agencies from the City of Lincoln more broadly. If you would like to know more about the services available in Lincolnshire, please visit the support page.