Welcome to the Hidden Marks website
The Hidden Marks website was set up as a response to the NUS Hidden Marks research report which revealed that 1 in 7 women students that responded to the survey had experienced a serious physical or sexual assault during their time as a student. This website is for women students who have experienced (or who know someone who has experienced) rape and sexual assault, domestic violence/abuse from an intimate partner, physical violence (where the perpetrator is not an intimate partner), stalking and/or sexual harassment. We believe that the responsibility for such offences always lies with the perpetrator, and no woman deserves such violence or ‘asks for it’.
We know it is difficult to take the first step and look for support, but this can be the first step to recovery so please look through this website and hopefully you will find the type of support you need. This website aims to act as a support ‘one-stop shop’ where you can find the information you need quickly and easily without having to search through dozens of different websites.
In the support section of this website you can find details of different support services available to you. The rights and reporting section provides information about the law related to the different types of offences listed above, free legal advice, pros and cons of reporting an incident and what happens when you report and incident to the police. There is also a section on what you can do to support a friend that has experienced rape or sexual assault, domestic violence/abuse from an intimate partner, physical violence (where the perpetrator is not an intimate partner), stalking and/or sexual harassment. Your student union is often your first port of call for support or reporting the incident and so this website also includes information about how to contact your student union. There is also a section on campaign actions you can take to help end violence against women students.