The Student Service
Supporting women students.
Greater Manchester Rape Crisis has worked in partnership with the Student’s Union at The University of Manchester, to create a specialist service for student women.
Student support services
Greater Manchester Rape Crisis has worked in partnership with the Student’s Union at The University of Manchester to develop this service to support women students (over the age of 18) across Greater Manchester who have experienced sexual violence. This may be childhood sexual abuse, rape as an adult, sexual assault, sexual harassment at work or on campus, and a range of other issues.
Whenever it happened, whatever the circumstances, students can receive the support they need and deserve. Students who access the service must be enrolled at a college, university or a training course in Greater Manchester.
At the Student Service:
- We fundamentally believe that student can heal from experiences of sexual violence
- We support the decisions that students make which affect their lives.
- We are committed to doing the best we can to support students with their journey through education.
- We aim to be responsive to our student’s needs, risks and their cultural and social backgrounds.
- We work in a creative and sensitive manner to reduce the isolation and increase the self-esteem of those we support.
- We believe that all students, regardless of gender or sexual orientation, have rights that need to be respected and provide an inclusive service to LGBT + affirmative individuals
When a student calls Greater Manchester Rape Crisis for support the following process will occur:
Student makes contact with GMRC (via email or telephone)
GMRC will be in contact to arrange an initial assessment
The assessment will last approximately 1 hour
Student will be offered self-help material. A decision will be made together about the outcome:
Placed on the waiting list for counselling (approx. 4month wait)
Referred to GMRC Support Worker or Independent Sexual Violence Advisor (ISVA)
Placed on the waiting list for Stabilisation
Signpost to other support services
Students who have received support at GRMC have contributed:
I felt safe. I was listened to and not judged. I could open up. My counsellor was simply amazing, I couldn’t have for a more lovely and understanding person. I've learned a lot about myself and have come to accept what happened to me. I feel like I can deal with it and stop blaming myself
It has enabled me to reconnect with the outside world, to form bonds with people I trust, to ask for support, to allow myself to 'feel' feelings without guilt or shame. It has given me confidence in my ability to cope and use coping strategies. The work my counsellor and I have been doing together has been so beneficial to my well-being. I have felt completely supported and never felt so good in my abilities. It has helped me to understand how to recognise how I feel and let it be - I didn’t really know this before (or I had forgotten). It has saved my life.
I’ve stopped self-harming. I don’t feel nearly as depressed as I did when I started the sessions. I feel more like me.
I felt listened to and cared about
I have less anxiety.