Content Warning: Sexual Assault, Harassment, Abuse
The news about 33-year-old Sarah Everard’s disappearance while walking home in London has triggered an outpouring of grief across the country - including here at BSU. We all have a right to walk home alone without fear of harassment or coming to harm.
According to a survey by UN Women UK, 97% of women in the UK have been sexually assaulted. Today we are placing a spotlight below on some of the organisations working across Sussex to support survivors of abuse and end violence against all women.
• Survivor’s Network: Home - Survivors Network
• RISE: Freedom from domestic abuse | RISE
• Brighton Women’s Centre: Brighton Women's Centre
• Women’s Aid
We also want to place a spotlight on two organisations that focus on supporting LGBTQ+ survivors. According to Stonewall UK, one in five LGBT people has experienced a hate crime or incident because of their sexual orientation and/or gender identity in the last 12 months. We strongly encourage you to remember to include LGBTQ+ survivors in your anti-violence/sexual violence advocacy.
• All Sorts Youth Project
• Brighton LGBTQ+ Switchboard
Finally, support services specifically for our students are included below – please do reach out if you need us:
• Disclose harassment, discrimination, violence or abuse at UoB
• LGBTQ+ support
• Counselling at UoB
• BSU Support – BSUSupport@brighton.ac.uk