Health & Wellbeing Resources

Sexual Violence

5th Oct 2023
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Sexual violence is a distressing and prevalent issue that impacts individuals from all walks of life, regardless of age, gender, or profession. It's vital that we are informed about what constitutes sexual violence and are equipped with resources to assist those affected.

What is Sexual Violence? 

Sexual violence encompasses any sexual activity that occurs without explicit consent. 

This includes, but isn't limited to:

  • Unwanted sexual contact: Any unsolicited sexual experiences involving physical touch.
  • Sexual harassment: Unwelcomed advances, requests for sexual favours, or any form of verbal or physical sexual intimidation.
  • Non-contact sexual violence: Unwanted sexual experiences without physical interaction.
  • Sexual coercion: Manipulating or pressuring someone into participating in a sexual activity.
  • Rape: Any form of sexual penetration carried out without consent.

Consent is a conscious, willing, and continuous agreement to engage in sexual activity, and it is crucial in any intimate relationship.

Seeking help after an incident, recognising and admitting that you or someone you know has been subjected to sexual violence can be traumatic. However, taking immediate steps after such an incident can be crucial, both for one's physical and emotional well-being:

Medical Attention: It's crucial to seek medical help, even if there are no apparent physical injuries, as there might be risks of STIs or unwanted pregnancies.

Preserve Evidence: If you're considering reporting the incident, refrain from washing or changing clothes immediately after the assault, as it might destroy vital forensic evidence.

Where Can You Turn To? 

Victims of sexual violence should never feel alone or without options.

Here are places where you can seek help:

  • GP Practice: Schedule an appointment with a doctor or nurse.
  • Hospital A&E department: For immediate medical attention.
  • Sexual Health or GUM Clinic: For STI testing and support.
  • Contraceptive Clinics: If you're worried about a potential pregnancy.
  • NHS: For general advice and guidance call 111.
  • Police: For reporting the incident dial 101 or, in emergencies, 999.

Sexual violence is not only a crime but a breach of basic human rights. Should you or anyone you know need assistance or someone to talk to, please consider reaching out. Remember, there's strength in seeking help.

Support is here


Helping survivors of Sexual Abuse And Assault

They help people who have been impacted by sexual assault and abuse get the resources and assistance they need and deserve.

Home | Helping Survivors of Sexual Assault and Abuse


Helping survivors of Sexual Abuse And Assault

Gives information about the different types of sexual violence.

Types of Sexual Violence | Helping Survivors of Sexual Assault and Abuse


The Survivors Trust

Provides support for the impact of rape, sexual violence, and childhood sexual abuse.


Rape Crisis England & Wales

Provides support and resources for women and girls who have experienced a form of sexual violence.


Victim Support

Offers support regardless of whether the crime has been reported or how long ago it happened.


Women's Aid

Focusing on support for women facing domestic abuse.



A charity providing a helpline for victims of sexual violence.


Men's Advice Line

Offers support for men experiencing domestic violence.


Galop - for LGBTQ+

The UK's LGBTQ+ anti-violence charity, providing support to people who have experienced sexual violence.



Support for people under 19 who have experienced any form of abuse.