I Need Help
If you are a student, staff member or visitor at King’s and have been affected by sexual violence, bullying or harassment, regardless of whether it has taken place on campus, in residences, union spaces or off- campus, King’s is able to provide support and advice.
If you are a student in and need urgent help on campus, you can contact emergency services at any campus security desk.
If you are unsure about what to do next, you may find it useful to consider the following steps:
Are you in immediate danger?
- In cases of emergency you can always dial 999, or make your way to any Accident & Emergency (A&E) department at your local hospital.
- If you are assaulted on campus or in a university residence, you can report the incident to a member of security staff or to the residence warden. If you are living in Halls of Residence there is a duty member of staff on call out of hours and each hall displays a notice with their contact details.
- If you have been sexual assaulted you may want to consider getting medical help as soon as possible, because you may be at risk of pregnancy or sexually transmitted infections (STIs). You can receive this help be done at a Sexual assault referral centre. Sexual assault referral centres (SARCs) offer medical, practical and emotional support. They have specially trained doctors, nurses and support workers to care for you. You can find your nearest SARC by calling the NHS 111 non-emergency service or by using this Sexual assault referral centre finder.
Do you need to talk someone for help?
- The KCLSU Advice service can talk students through formal procedures, answer any questions and support students through misconduct procedure process. This includes students facing misconduct allegations.
- The Harassment Advisor Network provides advice and support to current King’s Students on areas relating to sexual violence, harassment and bullying.
- Student Services is first point of entry to all the support services provided at King’s including Student Advice, Disability Advice Service, Counselling, Wellbeing, The Student Services team are based in four libraries across all campuses and accessible on campus, online and by phone.
- The Employee Assistance Programme (EAP) provides independent expert advice on both home and work concerns for staff at Kings. Experts can provide practical information, fact sheets and packs, referrals to services in the local area and services such as short- term telephone counselling.
- If you have experienced sexual assault there are many specialist support services that you can access. Rape Crisis Centres provide frontline specialist, independent and confidential services for women and girls of all ages who have experienced any form of sexual violence at any time in their lives. SurvivorsUK provide information, support & counselling for male victims/survivors of rape and sexual abuse, as well as their family and friends. Galop gives advice and support to LGBT people who have experienced hate crime, sexual violence and domestic abuse.
Do you want to take action?
- If you want the university to take action and help resolve a situation you will need to make a formal report. Our Student Guidance and Staff Guidance pages provide advice on what to do if you want to report harassment or bullying.
- You can also report to an external organisation such as police or True Vision (if you are a victim of a hate crime), who can help you to make an informed decision about the range of reporting or support options available to you and legal processes. If you have experienced sexual assault and you decide to report the assault to the police, they can arrange for you to attend a SARC for medical care and, if you wish, a forensic medical examination.
- If you just want to tell the university about an incident and do not want to be identified, you can submit an anonymous report. If you choose to report anonymously the university will not be able to offer direct advice or begin an official formal misconduct or grievance procedure.