Information for Survivors of Sexual Violence During Covid-19 and Beyond

Galop’s Sexual Violence Support Service remains committed to supporting LGBT+ survivors during these challenging times. We encourage you to contact our service if you need support or help. 

The Sexual Violence Support Team 

 

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All the information on this page is correct as of 24th April 2020. If you notice something that should be corrected or changed, please let us know:  advice@galop.org.uk

Galop lists contact details for support services and well-being resources in good faith. Not every resource will be suitable for every survivor; we encourage you to choose those that are helpful for you. 

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Wellbeing and support

These are worrying times and having days when you feel anxious or struggle to cope are normal reactions in the circumstances. If you are having a hard time, it's ok to ask for help.  

Trauma support for survivors

Covid-19 is an unprecedented situation that has affected everyone. Survivors may find that memories and feelings about a previous experience have come into your mind. You might find that Covid-19 and its discussion in the media might heighten a sense of threat you already feel. 

Trauma symptoms might get worse during this time, such as sleep disturbance; lack of concentration; flashbacks; or feeling hyper-alert. Some people might feel the opposite: more disconnected and unable to concentrate or think about previous experiences.

Support for young people

Having to isolate at home is easy for no one, and it can be even harder for young LGBT+ people. We're here for you.

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Consent

Consent is important and the law is the same, regardless of COVID-19 and the lockdown.  More detailed information can be found in Galop’s factsheet, but in summary: 

  • You cannot consent if you are asleep or unconscious 
  • You cannot give your free consent if you are threatened, tricked, or coerced into sex.  
  • Sex is not legal for anyone aged under-16. 

If someone does not respect your boundaries, or if you are concerned about something that has happened, however or whenever it happened, contact Galop for support and advice: tell us about it online or email advice@galop.org.uk.

If you are experiencing sexual assault from someone you live with, whatever the relationship, contact us online or via the National LGBT+ Domestic Abuse Helpline: 0800 999 5428.

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Getting help

The Metropolitan Police say that victims of sexual violence can report, whatever the circumstances. If you have experienced sexual violence but are concerned that reporting will reveal that you have broken the rules around social distancing, please get in touch so we can talk this over with you, without any judgement.  

If you need help urgently, whether you are inside or outside your home, we encourage you to call 999. 

If you are experiencing sexual assault or sexual abuse from someone in your household, online or in any other way, we encourage you to contact us.  

If you would like support about sexual violence you experienced in the past, however or whenever it happened, you can contact us. 

We are here to listen and help. We work with all LGBT+ people aged 13+. Our advocacy services are available to those in Greater London but, if you live outside London and don’t know where to get help, please get in touch and we will do our best to find the right service for you. 

Tell us about it online 

Or email us at advice@galop.org.uk 

Or call us on the National LGBT+ Domestic Abuse Helpline: 0800 999 5428.