Sexual violence is any unwanted sexual act or activity. There are many different kinds, including: rape, sexual assault, sexual harassment.

Rape & consent:

  • Rape is one type of sexual violence. Sexual violence is the general term we use to describe any kind of unwanted sexual act or activity.
  • Legal definition of rape: 'Penetration with a penis of the vagina, anus or mouth of another person without their consent' (Rapecrisis.org.uk).
  • Most people know the person who rapes them in some way before it happens. Rapists can be partners, friends, spouses, colleagues, family members. The victim might be on a date with them, or have been on lots of dates together. They might have had consensual sex with them in the past.

Sexual Assault:

  • Sexual or indecent assault is any physical, psychological and emotional violation in the form of a sexual act, inflicted on someone without their consent.

Sexual harassment:

  • Sexual harassment is any unwanted behaviour of a sexual nature that makes you feel distressed, intimidated or humiliated. It can take lots of different forms. It can include or be called sexualised bullying.


  • A person looking distressed/frightened/withdrawn
  • Guests who refuse personal details or ID on check-in. May insist on paying cash.
  • A person who refuses to engage or answer questions, avoiding eye contact
  • A person who appears to be heavily intoxicated, unable to talk or walk unaided, may be unsure of their whereabouts.
  • Complaints from fellow guests of a disturbance or excessive noise from a room.
  • Physical injuries (bruises, cuts, bleeding etc).


  • Allocate a staff member to stay with the victim in a private area. Always believe the victim - Listen, reassure and try not to judge.
  • Act quickly and confidently – but do not put yourself at risk
  • Call 999 for police and ambulance (if person is injured)
  • Assign a staff member to meet with police/LAS on their arrival.
  • Secure the area where the assault is believed to have taken place – keep everything and try not to touch or move anything
  • If you have to move something then please take a photo/keep notes of actions
  • If suspect is still present, try and encourage them to stay in location until police arrival – but do not put yourself at risk. Should they leave, make notes of any details known including appearance, dress, distinguishing features, vehicle driven etc
  • If a victim refuses to remain, make a written record with as much detail as possible including what was said, what was heard, descriptions, injuries etc.
  • Secure CCTV


For further information:

Contact the City of London Public Protection Unit – [email protected]

www.crimestoppers-uk.org - Give information anonymously

Vulnerable Victims Advocate- [email protected] / 07944634946

Victim Supportline- 0808 1689 111


Survivors Gateway- 0808 801 0860

RapeCrisis- 0808 802 9999


The Havens- 020 3299 6900


Survivors UK- 02035983898 / [email protected]rsuk.org


Galop (LGBT service) - 020 7704 2040