Trigger Warning: The following content contains stories on the issue of rape that some viewers may find uncomfortable.
In a group of just 5 females, statistics show that at least one of them will be sexually assaulted during their time at university in the United States of America. Unsafe Spaces tells the stories of survivors of rape and what is being done to combat what some people are describing as an epidemic that is spreading across US college campuses.
What to do if you are a victim of sexual assault?
As you have seen above, unfortunately you are not the only one. However, that also means that you do not have to go through this alone. Please note: despite the lack of male survivors show in the documentary, sexual assault is an issue that is affecting men too. There are many resources depending on your region that can help you find care, regardless of your sex.
As you may know, your Title IX office is designed to be your first official point of contact. However, if they are not working efficient enough, there are other groups and organisations you can contact. One organisation you can contact is RAINN, an organisation that deals with helping victims across the US, and they should be able to offer the adequate help. MTV have also put together a Q&A with VP Joe Biden on the issue including a list of resources you can contact. Alternatively, you can visit the Unsafe Spaces blog site where a list of resources and contact will be made available.
Unlike the US, many universities do not have an office or a team that exclusively deals with sexual assault. If you have been sexually assaulted, please speak to someone about it. In the United Kingdom, you have the option of reporting to the police who should refer you to a Sexual Assault Referral Centre (SARC). You also have the option of visiting a SARC without contacting the police. There is more information available on the NHS website as to the options of care and help you can receive.
Unfortunately there is no information here available to you as of yet but please do speak up about it. All it takes is a search on Google to find a local group or service that may be able to help. Although not professionally qualified to do so, if you really do need to talk to someone and cannot find a service near you, please contact the Unsafe Spaces Facebook page and an attempt can be made to match you up to something.