What Harassment Entails
Harassment is conduct or behavior by and individual(s) that may cause another person distress and/or interfere with their working, living, and/or learning environment. It can occur in several places, including the workplace, a school environment, college/university environment, and/or online. There are a variety of people who can be in the position to harass. Some of these include, but are not limited to, bosses, faculty/staff, managers, teachers, colleagues/co-workers, professors, and/or students. Types of harassment include quid pro quo and hostile environment. Here is an example of each:
- Quid Pro Quo: A professor offers you a better grade in exchange for sexual favors.
- Hostile Environment: A colleague refers to you as a "slut" and "whore" and repeatedly makes related comments about your appearance.
You May Experience
Things to Know
- There is no single way in which people respond to harassment.
- Common feelings may include:
- You may be concerned about how friends, family, co-workers, or your partner will respond or whether or not they will believe you.
- Experiencing harassment is not your fault.
- Talking with a trained advocate can really make a difference.
- Whether you experienced harassment recently or many years ago, you have the right to safety.
- You have the right to support and assistance.
- Document all instances of harassment.
- Contact someone you trust for emotional support.
- Contact SAPA to speak to an advocate who can answer your questions, discuss safety planning and documentation, provide emotional support, and provide other resources as desired.