What Do You Do if You are Harassed?

Know your options

  • You may speak to the harasser directly
  • write a letter to the harasser detailing the harassment and stating you want it to stop
  • speak with the harasser’s supervisor
  • speak to someone else who is in a position to help or investigate your complaint and take appropriate action

No one will force you into any action you do not want to take, but will help you take the steps of your choice. You can resolve it informally or you may file a formal complaint (instructions are in the policy).

Say “NO” to the harasser

  • Use a direct and honest approach to tell the harasser you do not like the activity and expect it to stop. If you can’t confront the harasser in person, write him or her a letter detailing the harassment and stating you want it stopped.

Don’t ignore the harassment

  • Deal with the situation immediately
  • Seek assistance if necessary

Keep detailed records

  • Keep detailed records of all the harassing activities (time, place, nature of the harassment and witnesses, if any).

Be aware it is not your fault

  • You did not cause the harassment
  • You are not responsible for it

Follow the University’s Policy

  • The University of Mary Washington’s policy prohibits sexual harassment and penalizes harassers. See Sexual Harassment Policy for more information on the University of Mary Washington’s policy.

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