Disclaimer: Whilst the JCR has been careful to check the suitability of the organisations mentioned within this section as contact points for students, it cannot be held responsible for the work or advice of any external organisation. Neither should this list or information treated as exhaustive.
All students at Fitz can completely anonymously access free condoms, lube, dental dams, and pregnancy tests. To do this either fill in the confidential form at the side of the page, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or put a note in the welfare pigeon hole. All supplies will be left in the welfare pigeon hole. Please note that we cannot guarantee that we will be able to get sexual health supplies to you outside of term time. More information about contraception can be found here: http://www.womens.cusu.cam.ac.uk/welfare/contraception/.
Contrary to popular belief, the C-Card scheme still runs in Cambridge. After registering at a registration point you will then issued with a card which contains a unique ID number. This will allow you to pick up free condoms and dams where you see the c-card logo. Find more information here: http://www.ccardcambs.com/Default.aspx
You can get tested for STIs completely anonymously at The Laurels (20 Newmarket Road, Cambridge, 08456 505 152) and at Clinic 1A, Addenbrookes (01223 217 774). These tests will not appear on your NHS records. You can find more information about getting sexual health tests at www.sexualhealthcambs.nhs.uk and www.goodsexualhealth.co.uk and more advice in general here: http://www.studentadvice.cam.ac.uk/welfare/sexualhealth/.
If you need to talk to someone about the results of a pregnancy test, you can find specialised support at Marie Stopes (0845 300 8090) and Ask Brook (0800 0185 023). You can also find pregnancy advice on CUSU's website here: http://www.womens.cusu.cam.ac.uk/welfare/pregnancy/.
A one-stop shop for sexual health services in Cambridge can be found here: https://www.sexualhealthcambs.nhs.uk/. This includes locations to receive the 'emergency pill' and sexual health screening.
Sexual Assault can happen to anyone, and people of any gender, age, race, ability or sexuality can be victims. Sexual assault can range from inappropriate touching, to a life-threatening attack, rape or any other penetration of the mouth, vagina or anus.
If you have been sexually assaulted (recently or historically), remember that it wasn’t your fault. It doesn’t matter what you were wearing, where you were or whether you had been drinking. A sexual assault is always the fault of the perpetrator.
There are services that can help. This includes those in Fitz and you shouldn't be afraid about telling College authorities such as your tutor or talking to a friend or family member who you trust to support you. They will make sure that you are safe and offer reassurance that you are not to blame.
The OASIS @ Rivergate - http://www.oasiscentre.org/
Specialist organisations recommend that your nearest Sexual Assault Referral Centre (SARC) is a good place to go if you have recently been raped or sexually assaulted. It is a completely free service which offers forensic and medical examinations (including tests for sexually transmitted infections and pregnancy), and the SARC can store the forensic results until you decide whether to report the incident to the police or not. You don’t have to report the assault to police if you don’t want to and the services and organisations you come into contact with won’t insist that you do. However, if you want to, the staff at the SARC can arrange for a meeting with the police. The Cambridgeshire Police Force have specially trained police officers to deal with crimes of sexual violence. When someone contacts the police to report a sexual assault, the duty police officer will call out a specially trained officer who will then carry out the investigation.
SARCs also have specially trained, experienced professionals who can give you medical help, advice, and support through the immediate trauma. You should call in advance to let them know you are coming. For more formation and advice on reporting rape see the information on Rapecrisis England website.
The nearest SARC in Cambridgeshire is The Oasis at Rivergate, in Peterborough and it has produced a leaflet on what to do if you are raped or sexually assaulted in Cambridgeshire: Click here.
Cambridge Rape Crisis Centre - http://www.cambridgerapecrisis.co.uk/
This is open to women three times a week, and can provide tailored support to survivors of rape, sexual assault, and childhood sexual abuse.
----Helpline: 01223 245888 (open every Wednesday from 7pm-9.30pm, Saturday from 3pm-5.30pm and Sunday from 10am-12.30pm)
----Counselling: It offers free face to face counselling for women and teenage girls who have experienced rape, child sexual abuse or any other form of sexual abuse or violence and who live, work or study in Cambridgeshire.
Rape Crisis England and Wales - http://www.rapecrisis.org.uk/
Rape Crisis England and Wales is the leading national organisation in providing specialist support to survivors of rape and sexual assault. Its website provides excellent and comprehensive information on sexual violence. More extremely useful information can be found on the
NHS choices website - http://www.nhs.uk/Livewell/Sexualhealth/Pages/Sexualassault.aspx
Choices - http://www.choicescounselling.co.uk/
This offers a confidential counselling service in Cambridge (UK) and surrounding areas for women and men whose lives are affected by childhood sexual abuse.
Fitz was one of several Cambridge Colleges that chose to incorporate compulsory sexual consent workshops into its 2014 Freshers' Week programme.
They were run by the Women's and LGBT+ Officers and aimed to get freshers talking about the issue of consent, as well as unpicking some of the myths that surround it.
They will be returning in 2015 and will be improved using the feedback in last years' Freshers' Week survey. If you have any further suggestions contact us here.