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Sexual Harassment Response

What should I do if I have been sexually harassed?

Step 1: Acknowledge that you have the right to study, work and live in an environment where you feel safe.

Step 2: Try to identify the person* (name, surname) and note when and where the incident happened.

Step 3: If possible, get yourself to a safe space and, if it will help, inform someone you trust (eg a friend, warden, lecturer or head of department).

*Please remember that it is not your responsibility to confront the harasser or inform them that their behaviour is unwelcome.

Step 4: Seek advice on protection measures, legal and disciplinary options:

  • Contact the Discrimination and Harassment Office (DISCHO) on 021 650 3530 (office hrs) and 072 393 7824 (after hrs) for assistance and advice on protection measures and UCT disciplinary options.
  •  For additional legal advice and assistance contact Anne Isaac at anne.isaac@uct.ac.za

Step 5: Consider counselling.

  • Contact Student Wellness Service for psychological support on 021 650 1017 (office hours).
  • Call the Rape Crisis Cape Town Trust 24-hour helpline on 021 447 9762.

Step 6: Contact the UCT Sexual Assault Response Team at sart@uct.ac.za, at any stage of the process, for any advice, complaints, concerns or extra support.

Useful Contacts

The Discrimination and Harassment Office (DISCHO) 021 650 3530 (office hrs)
072 393 7824 (after hrs)
  • Advice on protection measures and UCT disciplinary procedures.
  • Academic liaison – assistance with negotiating extensions, leave of absence etc.
 
Campus Protection Services 021 650 2222
  • Investigation (on campus cases)
  • Collaboration with SAPS (where applicable)
  • Serving No-Contact Orders
 
Student Wellness (psychologist) 021 650 1017 (office hrs)
  • Psychological assistance
Rape Crisis Cape Town Trust 021 447 9762
  • Counselling
Anne Isaac (UCT legal counsel) anne.isaac@uct.ac.za
For legal advice and assistance
Sexual Assault Response Team at UCT sart@uct.ac.za
  • For any advice, complaints or concerns, please email us.