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Sexual Misconduct Abroad

UK does not tolerate any form of sexual assault, stalking, dating violence or domestic violence, or the threat of any of these against members of the UK community.  

If you experience any of these things during an international trip, remember that you have support, and you have options. Experiencing sexual misconduct can cause a wide range of emotions including anxiety, fear and confusion. There is no single way to respond and heal. You should be in charge of your healing process.

On-Site Resources

Travelers covered under UK's international travel medical insurance & evacuation policy may contact AXA Assistance for immediate help finding medical care, if needed. AXA may also be able to refer you to an English-speaking counselor to talk through what has happened with you. 

The U.S. Department of State provides additional resources at this link. While their page is directed toward "Women Travelers," keep in mind that up to 20% of sexual assault victims are male.  

If you are a victim of assault while you are abroad, the Department of State recommends that you contact the Office of Overseas Citizen Services at 202-501-4444, or the U.S. Embassy or Consulate nearest to you. 

UK Campus Resources

The VIP Center is available for members of the UK community to explore options and resources, and it is a place where you can speak about your experience confidentially.  

Additional on-campus resources are available through UK's Office of Institutional Equity and Equal Opportunity. They assist UK students and employees with issues of discrimination and harassment, or anything related to allegations of sexual assault, stalking, dating violence and domestic violence.  

Remember that you are never required to report. These decisions are up to you.