There are many ways to stand up to sexual harassment – here are some ideas.
Intervene in any way you feel comfortable with when you see sexual harassment happen.
- If you are in a crowded place and see someone harassing, go and stand between the harasser and the harassed person to stop the harasser from getting access to the person he is harassing.
- If you feel uncomfortable intervening alone, call out for other bystanders to intervene with you.
- Tell the harasser that harassment is not accepted here, and that ‘we’ do not do it here, so he should stop and leave.
- Take the harasser to one side and calmly say: What you are doing is unacceptable/shameful.
- Jump in and shout – tell the harasser he should stop immediately and that this is not acceptable.
- Offer to go with the harassed person to make a police report and be a witness if she/he wants it.
- Start talking to the harasser, asking him for directions or the time, to ‘divert attention’.
- Ask if the harassed person needs help.
- If the harasser is an employee/employer or in a closed place with security for example, report the incident to the management/security and insist that they take action against the harasser.
Speak up – choose what you feel is right for you and the situation.
- React. Speak up in a loud voice and say no when you or someone else is being harassed, or ask bystanders for help.
- Report what happened, when and where to HarassMap by SMS (6069), Twitter, or on our website and Facebook. Reports are anonymous.
- Talk about it – with friends, your family, colleagues, or on Facebook and Twitter. We need to let more and more people understand the magnitude of the problem, and that it happens to everyone around them.
- Use the free services that exist – psychological counseling and legal advice for example. Call Nazra for Feminist Studies’ hotline (01011910917) for more information.
- Report it to the police. It is your right, sexual harassment is a crime according to the law. Check out this page for more details for how to go about this, or contact Nazra for Feminist Studies (01011910917) for free legal advice.
- Take a self-defense course. It can give you ideas for more ways to stand up to sexual harassment/assault, when it happens to you and to others.
Every action counts.
- Each time you speak up or intervene, someone else will see you and maybe be inspired to do the same next time. The harasser will also realize they won’t always be able to get away with it so easily.
- Each report to HarassMap is evidence that sexual harassment is a huge problem, that it affects everyone, and that there are many of us who refuse to accept it any longer.
- Each time we talk about sexual harassment, others will know that it happens to everyone, that there is no shame in talking about it, and that they too can have a role in standing up to it.
- Each report to the police proves that sexual harassment is a crime and that there are consequences for it.