Sexual harassment is a daily reality for far too many young women, especially in patriarchal nations where the rule of law is sometimes non-existent.
Sometimes it seems like you’ll lose your career, business chance, or whatever’s at stake if you don’t give in.
You shouldn’t, however, give in.
My father died when I was only 16, and what came later was the feeling that the gates of hell had been opened for all predatory men to come and eat me and tear my tender flesh into pieces.
The annoying part of it all is that they make the lives of young women a living hell and feel very powerful in the process.
Unfortunately, men and women who have tried to reject advances from powerful men who stand in the way of their progress or success have seen their dreams dashed against a high-speed train.
On the other hand, some who believed that giving in would lead to more opportunities and success awoke to find that they had been duped and that their future had been ruined.
This article gives you 10 tips for dealing with sexual harassment formally, however, if you want to know how to get what you want without compromising, and going through the victim stigma, consider trying the trick I use as mentioned in this video.
1. Document the harassment
Keep a record of the harassment, including the time, date, location, and any witnesses. This can be helpful if you decide to report the harassment or pursue legal action.
2. Confront the harasser
If you feel comfortable doing so, you can try confronting the harasser and telling them that their behavior is not acceptable.
3. Tell someone
Consider telling a supervisor, human resources representative, or other trusted individual about the harassment. You can also report the harassment to a professional association or industry organization.
4. Seek support
It can be helpful to talk to a friend, family member, or therapist about the harassment. They can provide emotional support and help you cope with the situation.
5. Take care of yourself
It’s important to prioritize your own well-being during this time. Make sure to get enough rest, eat well, and find healthy ways to cope with the stress of the situation.
6. Consider your options
You may want to consider your options for addressing the harassment, such as reporting it to your employer or filing a complaint with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC).
7. Get legal help
If you decide to pursue legal action, consider consulting with an attorney who specializes in employment law. They can advise you on your options and represent you in court if necessary.
8. Know your rights
Educate yourself on the laws and policies in your state and workplace that pertain to sexual harassment. This can help you understand your options for addressing the harassment.
9. Be patient
Dealing with sexual harassment can be a long and difficult process. It’s important to be patient and take the time you need to heal and recover from the experience.
10. Remember that it’s not your fault
It’s important to remember that sexual harassment is never the victim’s fault. You have the right to feel safe and respected in the workplace, and it’s important to speak up and take action if you’re being harassed