It Stops Here is a collaborative campaign by King’s College London and KCLSU to challenge sexual harassment and build an environment where everyone feels welcome, supported and safe regardless of who they are.

Sexual harassment is commonly understood to describe unwelcome behaviour of a sexual nature, which violate a person’s dignity or creates an intimidating, hostile, degrading, humiliating or offensive environment – and that can include “harmless banter” through to a joke to serious physical assault or rape. In any form, sexual harassment is never acceptable.

Sexual harassment can include embarrassing, abusive or insulting words or behaviour. It can include jokes, banter or innuendos that are derogatory or demeaning (often relating to one’s gender) as well as unwanted sexual comments or remarks, particularly about your clothes or appearance. Catcalling, wolf whistling, or sexual noises directed at you are all considered sexual harassment. 
Rape, physical assault, indecent exposure and stalking are criminal offences and are encouraged to be reported to the police or the local Rape Crisis Centre who are able to offer independent advice on legal processes and support. Aggressive behaviour or threats and unwanted physical contact similarly are forms of  sexual harassment harassment; common examples include uninvited or wanted kisses, groping, touching, pinching or smacking. Sexting, use of private images without established consent, sexually explicit messages, posts or social media are also considered forms of physical harassment. 
Sexual harassment can be initiated by someone in a position of authority and can include the overbearing or misuse of power; it may also be carried out by an individual or a group of individuals.
It does not necessarily occur face to face; it may occur in the form of written communications (including email, visual images, social media, telephone and SMS).
“Brief and commonplace daily verbal, behavioural and environmental indignities, whether intentional or unintentional, that communicate hostile, derogatory, or negative racial, gender, sexual orientation, and religious slights and insults to the target person or group.”  Everyday sexism in the form of micro-aggressions often facilitates a culture where sexual harassment is considered acceptable.
Anyone can be subjected to sexual harassment. Similarly, a perpetrator could be a colleague, a member of staff, a classmate, a partner, a stranger, a family member or even a friend. If you feel that you are being subjected to harassment or bullying in any form by, you should not feel that you have to tolerate it.
Sexual harassment can occur anywhere. Regardless of whether it has taken place on campus, in residences, union spaces or outside the university it is never okay.
“The word ‘consent’ in the context of the offence of rape is now defined in the Sexual Offences Act 2003. A person consents if she or he agrees by choice, and has the freedom and capacity to make that choice. The essence of this definition is the agreement by choice… Sexual assault is an act of physical, psychological and emotional violation, in the form of a sexual act, which is inflicted on someone without consent” (Rape Crisis England & Wales). Consent while in a relationship is just as important as consent outside of a relationship. Non-consensual sexual activity is against the law.


Consent, legally, is defined as agreeing by choice and having the freedom and capacity to make that choice. Those last two are important because it means that even if someone says yes (i.e. makes a choice) it may be that legally they were not able to give their consent.Someone is free to make a choice if there isn’t anything bad that would happen to them if they said no. Capacity is about whether you are physically and/or mentally able to make a choice and to understand the consequences of that choice are. Consent is not ongoing and needs to be negotiated not only every time you have sex (regardless of with same person or different) but even during sex as you start to do different things. Consent is contextual which means that if you agree to sex with particular stipulations (i.e. a condom), your consent is tied to this. The easiest way to remember it is; you are doing things because YOU want to and you must check that the other person/s are doing things because THEY want to. Find out more about making a consensual decision.


of sexual assault victims reported issues with their mental health
of sexual assault or stalking cases involved a student as the perpetrator
of students have heard rape or sexual assault jokes on campus
of sexual assault victims stated that their studies had been affected

We know that sexual harassment can have devastating impacts on individuals and the communities around them. Disturbingly, many women students struggle to get through their course or student experience without coming into contact with harassment in one form or another; with few reporting incidents to their institution or the police. The NUS Hidden Marks report provided an eye-opening account of how survivors of sexual harassment, violence and stalking were effected. Respondents reported a range of different consequences on their experiences of learning, course attendance, confidence, relationships, and most commonly a deterioration of mental health. These issues reveal a serious problem that requires urgent action.

Are you ready to take a stand with us and say It Stops Here?

We’re asking everyone to do something, big or small, to help us make a safer environment for all. As a member of the King’s community, you have the power to raise awareness about sexual harassment on and off campus, and to fundamentally shift the way in which we think about sexual harassment.

Take the pledge as an individual, team, society or department and commit to one of the following actions:


Report & support 

Use the Report button to report bullying, harassment, or discrimination to one of our trained Harassment Advisors who will be able to provide advice about the support and reporting options available. You can also read our harassment help pages to find out more about different types of action you can take and forms of support.


Talk about it 

Talk about it with your colleagues and friends: what it is, how it impacts people and why it’s never okay. Our myth busters are a great way to get the conversation started and to challenge behaviour that encourages or enables sexual harassment. You can check out one of our events or look to host your own film screening or discussion - a great way to learn about its impacts and find out what we can all to prevent it.


Be an active bystander

Think about your actions and be an active bystander. Even if it’s unintentional, anything that creates a humiliating or offensive environment like a joke or ‘banter’ can be considered harassment.   Follow some of our top tips  or sign up for one of our workshops on how to safely intervene. We want to hear what your success stories so don’t forget to contact us!


Frontline staff training

We want to make sure staff and students are appropriately supported by training our frontline staff. If you haven’t already, arrange for a support training session for your team or sign up for an Unconscious Bias workshop, available for all staff to raise awareness of unconscious biases such as everyday sexism and provide practical tools to reduce these.


Take the pledge now

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Join us in saying: It Stops Here

I pledge to be an ambassador for change by:

- Educating myself and others about sexual harassment, assault and rape
- Acknowledging that anyone can be subjected to sexual harassment regardless of their sexuality, gender, race, religion, or disability
- Intervening when I see peers or colleagues experiencing unwanted behaviour or attention
- Interrupting conversations or jokes that promote a culture of sexual violence
- Creating an environment in which sexual harassment is unacceptable and is supportive of survivors.


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"King's College is committed to providing a safe, inclusive and supportive environment for all of its staff and students. We aspire to be a community in which everybody feels acknowledged and respected for who they are, and can feel confident that harassment, discrimination and bullying, wherever these occur, will not be tolerated. We all undertake not to stand by if we see others engaging in sexual harassment and to be proactive in promoting a respectful culture. We will work together with the Students' Union to make this aspiration an everyday reality."

− President & Principal of King's College London, Professor Edward Byrne AC

"It Stops Here is such an important student led campaign. Sexual harassment which is spurred on a lot of the time by toxic lad culture has no place on our campuses. With a majority of our students being women, it is important that we set up efficient mechanisms of reporting sexual harassment but also stamp it out at its roots by educating students. Next year, I along with the other student officers are keen to help the women's association wherever necessary to make sure this campaign moves from strength to strength."

− SU President, Nadine Almanasfi

"During my second year at university, I was elected as Women’s Officer on the KCLSU Student Council. Common themes began to emerge from the many experiences that were reported to me. Students feared encountering their harassers on campus and felt no confidence in reporting their experiences through official channels. We need to be explicit in stating that sexual harassment on campus is not a minor issue. As a community, we must take positive steps towards crafting a culture of respect and solidarity on campus. We cannot be apathetic to the experiences of those who experience harassment during their time at King’s. We cannot be ignorant of the role we may play in allowing or perpetuating a hostile environment on campus. "

− Vice President of Welfare and Community, Rachel Williams

"University should be one the most exhilarating and enjoyable periods of a person’s life, yet for too many the experience is still being scarred by sexual harassment. This needs to end; as a student body it is our responsibility to ensure that King’s is a safe space for all members of our community, and that every student feels able to partake in each and every aspect of campus life without fear of being victimised. That’s why as sports clubs, societies, activity groups and students we should all join together and say IT. STOPS. HERE. "

− Vice President of Activities and Development, Joe Simpson


Professor Edward Byrne AC -President & Principal of King’s College London


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It Stops Here Working Group


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Deborah Bull – Director, Culture at King’s


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Action Palestine


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Nursing & Midwifery Society


KCL Tamil Society


GKT Medical Students’ Association


LGBT Society


Professor Michael Luck – Dean of Faculty, Natural & Mathematical Sciences

Don’t forget to bust some of these myths!

MYTH: Women provoke rape by the way they dress or act

MYTH: Only gay men get raped/ Only gay men rape men

MYTH: If she didn’t scream, fight or get injures, it wasn’t rape

MYTH: Rape only occurs between strangers

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