What to do if you are being harassed?

If you are being sexually harassed, you are already aware of how humiliating, embarrassing or frightening an experience it can be. There are steps you can take to bring an end to sexual harassment.

  1. Do not ignore the sexual harassment.
  2. Tell or write the person who's harassing you to STOP. It may not always be clear to your harasser that the behavior is unwelcome. If you're able, tell the person directly--or write in a letter--that you don't like his or her behavior and that you want it to stop. In a situation where you are afraid to address a harasser directly, you'll need to involve college officials.
  3. Talk to someone you trust about how you're feeling. Friends, a trusted teacher, siblings and parents can all be helpful in giving you support as well as ideas for how to stop the harassment.
  4. Keep a record of what happened and when. Include dates, times, places, names of persons involved and witnesses, and who said what to whom.
  5. Inform campus security, the Counseling Center or College Title IX Coordinator that you are being sexually harassed.  The College has a legal responsibility to respond to sexual harassment of its students.