Rape / Sexual Assault


Rape and sexual abuse are traumatic crimes that can range from violent sexual assault to having ‘problems with consent’ and someone who experiences them may have feelings of self-blame, shame and being violated in the most personal and intimate way.

People are affected in many ways and can suffer great distress. Many are overwhelmed and confused by painful feelings. Make sure you talk to someone, whether that be for practical advice, support or just to have someone to talk to who understands how you may feel.

If you would like to report a rape or sexual assault to the police, the following are advisable but don’t worry if you have already done some of these :

  • try to do so as quickly as possible to collect forensic evidence
  • not to wash or change your clothes
  • not to eat or drink anything
  • not to disturb anything in the area of the attack

Even if the attack happened a long time ago it can still be important to report it.

UWE Report and Support tool

UWE's online tool has been developed for UWE Bristol students to get help if you've experienced something on campus or on university business that makes you feel upset or uncomfortable.

With Report and Support, you can choose to speak with one of UWE's trained advisers so they can discretely investigate incidents, or you can report issues anonymously.

For further information relating to abuse and rape:

For further information about different types of violence and abuse, and the support services available to you, please see: www.bava.org.uk