Unwanted sexual attention

This is any sexual attention that makes you feel uncomfortable or intimidated and can often result in victims experiencing health problems

What is it?

Unwanted sexual attention covers a huge range of behaviours from being touched without permission, causing fear, alarm or distress; sexual name calling or harassment to rape and sexual assault.

Unwanted sexual attention can happen to both women and men and happen between people of the same and opposite sex.

How can I protect myself?

If you are receiving unwanted sexual attention, take action to try to protect yourself by:

  • talking to someone you trust
  • if possible avoid being alone with the individual
  • think about your personal safety e.g. not getting drunk or walking home alone after a night out
  • if you are being hurt or have been hurt, talk to someone who can help you

Remember people do not have a right to hurt you and you to have the right to be protected from harm.

Sexual violence, including rape, is massively under reported to the police. Many victims of rape say they don't report it because they don't think people will believe them. Rape and sexual assault are serious crimes and there are local services that will take you seriously, listen to you, advise and support you.

Where can I get help?

Phone 999 for emergencies
Phone 101 for non-emergencies

The Treetops Centre
Hampshire and Isle of Wight Sexual Assault Referral Centre (SARC)
Phone 0300 123 6616

SARC is available to anyone, male or female, over the age of 13 who has been a victim of rape or serious sexual assault in Hampshire and the Isle of Wight.

Rape and Sexual Abuse Crisis Centres across Hampshire
These centres provide a range of specialist services for people that have been raped or sexually assaulted

phone 01256 423890

Portsmouth phone
023 9266 9511

Southampton Rape Crisis
phone 023 8063 6313

Winchester Rape and Sexual Abuse Counselling service (RASAC)

Rape Crisis England and Wales

Portsmouth & South East Hampshire Young People's Service (PARCS)
Offering free counselling for people aged 13-18 who have experienced sexual abuse and/or rape
Phone 023 92669519

Phone 0800 800 5000 (24hr helpline)

This is free and confidential and open 24 hours a day
Phone 0800 1111 (24hr helpline)

The Samaritans
Providing non-judgemental and confidential emotional support to those experiencing feelings of distress or despair – helpline is available 24-7 365 days a year
Phone 0845 790 9090

Hampshire Country Council Children's Services
Phone 0300 555 1384

The Survivors Trust
A national agency that co-ordinates a range of counselling, therapeutic and support services for women, men and children who are victims/survivors of rape, sexual violence or childhood sexual abuse

Spotting the signs of sexual exploitation

The Barnardo's website has a video and a set of leaflets for young people, parents and professionals to help them spot the signs of sexual exploitation

Be aware, stay alert, keep safe! advice leaflet for young people about how to protect themselves from exploitation.