Stephen Port trial: Message for LGBT people

You may see news about the start of the trial of Stephen Port, the man who was arrested in 2015 and charged with causing the deaths of four young men in Barking.

When this news became public last year it was upsetting and worrying for many people. We know the reporting of the trial is likely to be an unsettling time for the LGBT community, perhaps especially for those whose own experiences touch on issues which may be discussed in the media during the trial.

Galop would like to reassure anyone who is worried about the trial or any LGBT person who has experienced sexual assault or any other sort of crime that you can talk to us in confidence. We have a lot of experience supporting LGBT victims; we know how the law works, how to help you report to the police if you want to and how to help you find support. If you live in London, we have expert caseworkers who can give you advice, advocacy and a space to make informed choices and good networks with a range of expert and confidential organisations that can offer advice.

Galop is the lead LGBT organisation providing expert, confidential support to those affected by this case. If this trial touches buttons for you and you need to talk, please ring us on 020 7704 2040, email us at referrals@galop.org.uk or tell us online at http://www.galop.org.uk/online-report-form.  All three ways of contacting us are confidential.