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Support If You’ve Experienced Sexual Misconduct


**Content Warning: This post discusses sexual misconduct, assault and harassment. If you find this topic distressing, please proceed with caution or reach out for support from [email protected] or other external services listed by NHS. Your wellbeing is our priority, and we encourage you to do whatever helps you feel safe.**

As well as Sexual Health and Guidance (SHAG) Week, the 5 February marks the beginning of Sexual Abuse and Sexual Violence Awareness Week. This week, and every week it is important to address the issue of sexual misconduct and provide support for those who may have experienced it. Remember you are not alone, and there are resources available to help you navigate such difficult situations. 

Understanding Sexual Misconduct 

Sexual misconduct encompasses a range of behaviours, including harassment, rape, assault and any unwanted sexual advances. It is never okay, and it is not your fault. Everyone had the right to feel safe, respected, and in control of their own body. Sexual misconduct can take many forms. You can read about busting the myths surrounding sexual misconduct here

You can learn more about consent here

Where to go for support 

If someone forces you to do something sexual that you do not want to do, it may help to speak to someone you trust to get help and support. 

KCL Information and Services: 

Report + Support is a platform for reporting incidents of harassment, discrimination or sexual misconduct anonymously, if you choose. It also provides access to support resources tailored to your needs. 

KCL Counselling offers confidential and supportive services for students. If you’re seeking professional guidance to cope with the emotional impact of sexual misconduct, consider reaching out to KCL Counselling.  

KCLSU Advice can help by providing free, confidential and impartial information on your rights within the university. If you were assaulted by another member of the College community (i.e. a staff member or a student), one of our Caseworkers can meet with you and discuss your options such as making an informal or a formal complaint including reporting via Report + Support. If your academic work has been affected, a KCLSU Advice Caseworker can also support you to submit Mitigating Circumstances for any upcoming assessments, or a Stage One Appeal for any assessments which have passed and for which you’ve been given the result. To get in touch, please use our online form: Advice Online Form (

The chaplaincy also provides pastoral support for one-to-one talks. You can contact them at [email protected]

Support outside of King's: 

The NHS offers comprehensive guidance on what to do after rape or sexual assault, including seeking medical help and reporting the incident. 

Victim Support provides assistance to those affected by crime, including sexual assault. They offer emotional support, information and guidance. 

Rape Crisis UK offers confidential support services for individuals affected by sexual violence. Visit their website for access to helplines, counselling and resources. Visit Rape Crisis: Want to talk? to arrange a free phone call or webchat with a trained advisor.   

The Survivors Trust is a national umbrella agency for specialist organisations supporting survivors of rape, sexual violence and childhood sexual abuse. 

  • Galop (LGBTQ+ Specific) 

Galop is an LGBTQ+ anti-violence charity that provides support for those who have experienced hate crime, domestic abuse, or sexual violence. Explore their services for specialised assistance. 

56 Dean Street: support for survivors of sexual assault contains advice and support for all survivors of rape and sexual assault, with a particular focus on survivors from the LGBTQ+ community 

The Havens offer specialist medical and emotional support to those who have experienced sexual assault. Visit their website to learn about their services and locations. You can contact them directly or ask for a referral from your GP 

Urgent advice & referrals: 020 3299 6900 (24/7)  

Non-urgent advice & referrals: 020 3299 1599  

9am-5pm Monday to Friday (not public/bank holidays) 

King’s College London NHS Health Centre runs a Sexual Assault and Referral Clinic (SARC) as part of The Havens. These clinics can provide you with help if you need it. You'll be given the option to access: 

  1. Sexual health and contraceptive screening  

  2. Referral to Havens for immediate evidence gathering  

  3. Support with medical needs/injuries following an assault  

  4. Referral to the Havens specialist team for psychological therapy  

  5. Ongoing support with our clinicians for mental or physical health support. 

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  1. Female Survivors: 0808 500 2222 

  1. Victim Support: 0808 16 89 111 

  1. Revenge Porn Helpline: 0345 6000 459 

  1. Male Advice Line: 0808 80 10 327 

  1. Male Rape and Abuse Support: 020 3322 1860 

Respecting Personal Choices 

It is important to recognise that survivors of sexual misconduct may choose not to report the incident. Reporting is a personal decision, and individuals should feel empowered to choose the path that aligns with their wellbeing. Some may prioritise recovery through other means, and this is completely okay. There should never be any pressure to report, and those who have experienced sexual misconduct should be supported in making decisions that prioritise their wellbeing, whether that involves engaging with counselling services, seeking medical assistance, or taking time for self-care.


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