#StandByMe – Supporting Student Survivors

Wednesday 23-09-2015 - 15:07

NUS Women's Campaign has teamed up with Rape Crisis to launch a new project called #StandByMe

The project aims to help create valuable partnerships between rape crisis centres, universities and colleges to improve support for student survivors of sexual assault and rape.

We're looking for universities and colleges who are interested in taking part in #StandByMe.

Project Area 1: Developing a Partnership Scheme 

We want to work with students' unions and their local rape crisis centres to create partnership agreements with the aim of sharing resources and developing joint services, pathways and activities. The four strands of the partnership scheme are: 

  • Care pathways 
  • Fundraising 
  • Campaigning 
  • Training and development 

Project Area 2: #StandByMe Workshops - Disclosure Training

These workshops aim to enable students to be able to: 

  • Understand what consent is 
  • Understand rape culture and myths around rape and what impact it has 
  • Learn practical tips to respond to disclosures
  • Signpost survivors to relevant services
  • Look after their own wellbeing while supporting a survivor

By working with 5 students' unions we can monitor and assess partnerships and then use the feedback to build a model framework for successful partnerships. 

About Rape Crisis

  • Rape Crisis England & Wales is a feminist organisation that exists to promote the needs and rights of women and girls who have experienced sexual violence, to improve services for them and to work towards the elimination of sexual violence.
  • Rape Crisis organisations are women-led and offer a range of support, advocacy, counselling and information in a women-only safe space. Some also provide separate space and services for male sexual violence survivors and/or for men who are supporting a survivor. To find out if your local rape crisis centre provides services or has partnerships with organisations for survivors who do not define as women, contact them directly.
  • Rape Crisis England & Wales is the national umbrella body for a network of autonomous member Rape Crisis organisations across England and Wales and was set up to support their specialist work. They also raise awareness and understanding of sexual violence in the wider community and with local, regional and national government. 
  • Rape Crisis Scotland (RCS) is the national office for the Rape Crisis movement in Scotland. They support the work of local centres and develop new centres in areas where there are no or few specialist services.
  • Rape Crisis Northern Ireland is the representative body for member Rape Crisis centres, the RCNI role includes the development and coordination of national projects including expert data collection, supporting Rape Crisis Centres to reach best practice standards, and using their expertise to influence national policy and social change.

Want to get involved? 

Step 1: Talk to your institution’s support staff and secure the interest. Make sure that there's a commitment from a sabbatical officer in the students' union and someone is student welfare support management to bring this project forward. 

Step 2: Talk to your local Rape Crisis Centre about the project. All Rape Crisis Centres are different so find out what sort of services they provide and if a partnership is something that they would want to be a part of. 

Step 3: Apply via email!

  • Name of institution 
  • Contact name 
  • Contact email address 
  • Students' Union sabbatical officer lead contact (if not same as general contact) 
  • Name of local Rape Crisis Centre
  • What current support is there for student survivors of sexual assault? 
  • What do you want to achieve from signing up to the #StandByMe project?

In the Subject of the email write – Stand By Me

Email your application to:

Deadline: October 5th 2015



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