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Durham University

Counselling Service

Sexual Violence: Where to turn?

The term ‘sexual violence’ refers to a broad range of acts and experiences including, but not limited to, rape, sexual assault, sexual violence or coercion within a relationship, indecent exposure (‘flashing’), sexual harassment, and having intimate photographs taken or shared without your consent. If you or a friend has experienced sexual violence, either during your time studying or working at university or as a child/before you arrived, it is important that you know the range of sources of support available. You do not need to deal with it on your own. These can be difficult issues to discuss. You may or may not want support for yourself, and you may or may not want to report the incident(s) more formally. Experienced support is available to help you think through the options from here.

Any individual who discloses an incident of bullying, harassment or sexual misconduct and violence will not be subject to disciplinary action by the University if they have engaged in behaviour in violation of the social distancing and public health measures taken in response to the COVID-19 pandemic at the time of the incident or events leading up to the incident.

Contact us

Durham University Counselling Service

Palatine Centre
Stockton Road
Durham, DH1 3LE

Tel.: 0191 334 2200

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