Sexual violence support
These pages provide information about accessing support and advice if you, or someone you know, have experienced sexual violence.
What is sexual violence?
Sexual violence involves unwanted sexual activity that takes place without a person’s full and informed consent, including rape, sexual assault, forced marriage and sexual exploitation.
Sexual violence is often carried out by someone known to a person, for example a partner, spouse, friend, colleague or other family member. Sexual violence can also be committed by strangers, although it is much less common. Sexual violence can happen to anyone regardless of age, gender, race, sexual orientation, religion, class, or background.
If you have experienced sexual violence, Imperial has a team of Sexual Violence Liaison Officers (SVLOs) who can provide you with confidential 1-2-1 support and information. Disclosing or reporting sexual violence is a very personal choice and our SVLOs will guide you through your options in a sensitive and non-judgemental way.