Sexual harassment, sexual violence and sexual assault

We are committed to working towards preventing sexual violence from occurring within our community and take a zero-tolerance approach.

If you have experienced sexual assault, sexual violence or sexual harassment, there are services available to you.

Need help now?

If you are in immediate danger, you can call 999 for the emergency services.

We also have Campus Security, if you are on site:

  • Avery Hill: internal phone 9101 or 0208 331 9101
  • Greenwich: internal phone 7616 or 0208 331 7616
  • Medway: internal phone 3138 or 0208 331 3138

Support services available:

Sexual Assault Referral Centres (SARC)

SARCs offer medical, practical, and emotional support. They have specially trained doctors, nurses, and support workers.

You don't have to report an incident to the police to use a SARC. You can still refer yourself for assessment and medical care.

If you do decide to make a report to the police, they can also arrange for you to attend a SARC for medical care and, if you wish, a forensic medical examination.

The NHS non-emergency helpline 111 will be able to give details of your nearest SARC, or you can use a postcode search facility.

HAVENS (London)

HAVENS Specialist Centres (SARC-Sexual Assault Referral Centre) (Women, Men, LGBT) are based in Camberwell, Whitechapel and Paddington in London.

For urgent advice/appointments: telephone 020 3299 6900

Beech House (Kent)

Beech House – The Kent and Medway SARC Sexual Assault Referral Centre (Men, Women, LGBT).

Telephone: 0800 133 7432

Rape Crisis England & Wales for women and girls, signposting for men and boys

At Rape Crisis you'll find the following:

  • How to get help if you've experienced rape, child sexual abuse or any kind of sexual violence.
  • Details of local Rape Crisis services.
  • Information about sexual violence for survivors, people supporting survivors, and information about their work.
  • They also have information on support for men and boys.

SurvivorsUK for men, signposting for those under 18

SurvivorsUK can offer a range of support services including counselling and therapy appointments as well as online chat. All services are provided by trained professionals.

SurvivorsUK welcome anyone who identifies as male, trans, non-binary, has identified as male in the past, or anyone who feels that they are the right fit for them.

Survivor's Network

Survivor’s Network are fully accredited members of Rape Crisis England and Wales. It offers professional relevant services to survivors of any gender aged 14+ who have experienced any form of sexual violence.

They have helplines for people who self-identify as women, for people who identify as trans, non-binary and support and referral services for men and boys.

Only Brighton residents can use their Counselling and ISVA services, but the drop-ins and helplines are open to anyone.

Report and Support (university)

If you would like to disclose how you have been affected by any form of harassment, including bullying, discrimination, hate incident/crime, and sexual misconduct, you can do so by using our new Report and Support platform. This enables you to speak to a specially trained advisor who can advise you on reporting options and support available, so that you can make an informed decision on next steps. You can also disclose issues anonymously. Visit the Report and Support website for more information.

Sexual violence liaison officers (university)

We have staff members with specialist training who can provide sensitive, professional support to students who have experienced sexual assault and sexual violence.

These are known as Sexual Violence Liaison officers (SVLOs). They work within a strict set of boundaries and a code of confidentiality. They are not counsellors or legal advisers, but they can help you access appropriate support to meet your individual needs, such as:

  • Referral to external specialist services.
  • Academic support and adjustments, e,g. Extenuating Circumstances.
  • Referral to counselling and mental health support.
  • Information about University policies and procedures.

The SVLO team are accessible during office hours (9am-5pm) Monday-Friday.

Contact the Report and Support team:

  • Email:

SVLO Privacy Notice

Counselling service (university)

We have professional counsellors who are experienced in working with psychological and emotional issues. They abide by the Ethical Framework set out by the British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy and provide confidential support within a brief therapy model.

More about our counselling service

Healthy Sex and Relationships Course

We ask all students to complete our online Moodle course on healthy sex and relationships. The aim of the course is to help you to foster happy, healthy relationships and to combat sexual and intimate partner violence. We look at how to recognise rape culture and how to become an active bystander against sexual violence or harassment. We also provide a short summary on the law on sexual offences and we explore sexual consent.

You can access the course here and complete it at your own pace.

We are continuously developing this course to ensure it is relevant to you and value your feedback to enhance it further.

Policy and Procedure

  • Student Harassment and Sexual Misconduct Policy This policy outlines the University's commitment to responding to incidents of sexual misconduct, harassment, bullying and discrimination within our community. The policy outlines our approach to responding to such incidents and includes further information on policies, support available and reporting information.