Sexual harassment is unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and other verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature. For many young girls, discussing sex and related topics can be very embarrassing unless it’s among their peers. Many people find it difficult to deal with sexual harassment.
Here are 4 ways to deal with sexual harassment, either at work, school or neighborhood.
1. Don’t Pretend It’s not happening
You may want to close your eyes to it and pretend it’s not happening, but you don’t have to put up with it. Someone is harassing you and you keep convincing yourself, insisting in your mind that you are not being harassed. This will not change the fact and it will only give the impression that you’re weak. Admit it’s happening and do something about it.
2. Talk To The Person Yourself
You need to stand up for yourself and be bold, talk to the person and let them know how you feel about it. When the initial sexual harassment incident takes place, ask the person harassing you to stop. If your harasser continues displaying the same behavior, inform your harasser that you plan to file a report if the behavior continues. Some people discontinue their behavior once you threaten to report them. If the harasser fails to stop, you can take further action.
3. Tell Someone About it
Opening up to someone about sexual harassment can be very unsettling as a victim might be scared of rejection, stigma or taking the blame for being harassed. However, it is advisable to speak with a trusted person, especially if it’s happening in school, or you’re a minor. You can talk to your teacher, parent, nurse or counselor at school. It is very important that someone knows about it so that necessary steps can be taken.
4. Find Other Victims and Witnesses
Search for other victims of sexual harassment by your harasser. You may find that some other victims have filed complaints in the past. Secure the testimony of any witnesses of your incidents in writing. This helps support your claim.
You never should have to endure harassment. Talk about the situation with someone you trust and get their support. Then go directly to the harasser. Be clear and strong, and insist that the situation changes.