Stress, depression, sleep disorders, malnutrition, housing problems… so many concerns that students face on a daily basis. But what about the growing violence within universities and campuses.
How do you get help when you experience violence in a university setting and what resources do you have?
What forms can student violence take?
Verbal, psychological, physical or sexual violence is a real scourge in the university environment.
The university, a place of life and study supposed to be peaceful without any form of discrimination or violence, is in reality the home of all kinds of aggression: hazing, rape, harassment, threats, insults…
This form of violence affects all categories of students.
The results of the survey carried out by HEYME show that a third of the students questioned (between 30 and 35%) had been victims of verbal, psychological, sexist, sexual or physical violence. Women more than men.
Student Victims: The Culture of Silence
Two types of violence are generally identified in university circles:
- psychological violence
- sexual violence (with or without contact, with or without penetration).
In most cases, students avoid talking about the assault and refuse to file a complaint for fear of being judged or experiencing a permanent feeling of shame.
Voices are difficult to raise and the majority of students assaulted confide only in their relatives or friends and rarely in members of university management.
This silence can also be a choice made for fear of reprisals. The aggressor being in the majority of cases known to the victim.
Finally, the fear of being rejected can in certain cases lead the victim to accept the violence with resignation.
Students who are victims of violence are sometimes forced to change establishments, majors or majors.
Help for victims: the resources put in place
In order to compensate for the growing number of acts of violence within campuses and universities, certain measures have been put in place to allow victims to speak freely in order to find help.
The Inter-University Service for Preventive Medicine and Health Promotion is a health center reserved for students registered at the university.
the SIUMPPS is a welcoming place where a multidisciplinary team (nurses, doctors, psychologists, social workers and administrative managers) offers medical and paramedical consultations for students.
You will be able to ask all health questions to a professional during the consultation or a therapeutic follow-up.
The SIUMPPS also regularly organizes prevention campaigns on STIaddiction, contraception…
The BAPU (University Psychological Assistance Offices) is a consultation center open to all students who wish to receive psychological assistance. The team of each BAPU is made up of psychotherapists (psychiatrists and psychologists) and social workers.
No advance fee is requested for students who benefit from this aid. The number of sessions is not limited and follow-up is provided as long as the student feels the need.
The confidentiality of the student is respected and the consultations are covered 100% by Social Security and mutual insurance companies.
Health Psy Students
This device was created especially for students who suffer from malaise. Health Psy Students offers those who wish, the possibility of consulting a psychologist free of charge.
Students will be able to benefit from follow-up through three free 45-minute sessions with a psychologist, renewable once and without upfront costs.
Created in 2019, Safe Campus aims to combat sexual and gender-based violence in higher education institutions.
Safe Campus acts on three axes:
- Raising student awareness to prevent this type of violence
- Training of supervisors for effective support
- Communication with administrations with the implementation of reporting protocols
It is strongly advised that any student victim of violence speak to a trusted person in order to be able to begin a support process.