The Mandala Project

The Mandala Project: We will listen. We can help.

We know that for many reasons, students who have been victims feel unable to report incidents. They may blame themselves or fear they will not be believed.

We will listen. We can help. No one should have to suffer sexual harassment or assaults.

DMU has a team of trained professionals who are here to listen to you and ensure you receive the very best support and help. 

We can help you to access medical support and work with specialist agencies who will be there for you giving you clear information and advice. 

We will support with:

  • Rape
  • Sexual assault or violence
  • Forced marriage
  • Honour based violence or abuse
  • Harassment

We want to know about:

  • Sexism
  • Misogynistic behaviour
  • Near misses

Who you can talk to:

DMU has a specialist team of First Responders who can help you decide what to do next. They will support you to make the decision that is best for you and help you to come to terms with what has happened. First Responders can also help students report to the police (if they want to) or start internal disciplinary procedures (again if they want to).

Our team is made up of different genders, ages, backgrounds and ethnicities and most importantly, we will always listen.

You can contact us in confidence on: 0116 207 8309 during the day and can call Security on 0116 257 7642 (24 hours). Call this number if you urgently need help.

If you’re not ready to talk to anyone yet, we can still help. Our email address is: themandalaproject@dmu.ac.uk

We can still provide you with advice and support even if you don’t want to speak to someone face to face or over the phone.

If you want to tell us about a situation you’re worried about, a friend you’re concerned about or situations where you feel uncomfortable because of misogynistic behavior or sexism – we want to know.

You can let us know online. Remember, you need only give us the information you feel comfortable disclosing. This is also the best way to ensure that we know about incidents on campus which have been disclosed to you.

Support services outside the university

Juniper Lodge: Juniper Lodge Sexual Assault Referral Centre (SARC) provides a comprehensive service for anyone aged 13 and over living in Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland who have been raped or sexually assaulted either recently or at any time in the past, regardless of gender or gender identity. 0116 273 3330.

United Against Violence and Abuse (UAVA)UAVA are an association of services comprised  of three specialist providers which provide co-ordinated domestic and sexual violence services across Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland for any male or female over the age of 13. Call 0808 80 200 28

Karma Nirvana: Karma Nirvana is national charity that support victims and survivors of forced marriage and honour-based abuse. The charity makes a positive impact on the lives of individuals with an accessible, informed and supportive service, regardless of cultural and/or language barriers. Call 0800 5999247

Quetzal Project: The Quetzal Project provides long-term counselling, crisis counselling and a telephone helpline to support women, aged 16 and over, who are recovering from the trauma of childhood sexual abuse. It also offers an online counselling service. 0116 253 9103.

Jasmine House: Leicester Rape Crisis is there to help women and girls who have been sexually abused or raped either recently or in the past. You can refer yourself for help or can be referred by police, schools, GPs or social services.  0116 255 5962.

First Step: First Step is an organisation run for male survivors and their supporters of sexual abuse and rape. It provides free confidential services to enable survivors to make the “First Step” towards feeling less isolated. 0116 254 8535

Leicestershire Police: The Signal team has strong links with partner agencies to ensure that victims are fully supported in a way that is tailored to suit them. We also help to identify and manage the risks that offenders pose. Call: 0116 273 3330.

Samaritans: Anonymous, confidential service open 24/7, 365 days a year. Call 116 123.