In Back Off! How To Confront and Stop Sexual Harassment and Harassers, Martha Langelan recommends taking these steps for confronting sexual harassment:
A person who has been assaulted needs an empathetic listener who is nonjudgmental. Remain calm, and let the victim do the talking. Encourage the victim to seek medical attention and counseling.
Remember, it is the victim’s choice how and who to tell about the assault. Be clear and upfront about your ability to maintain confidentiality and reporting obligations. Listen without interrupting.
Bystanders are “individuals who observe violence or witness the conditions that perpetuate violence. They are not directly involved but have the choice to intervene, speak up, or do something about it.” They are someone who is present and thus potentially in position to discourage, prevent, or interrupt an incidence of sexual misconduct.” The South Carolina Technical College System encourages all students, faculty, and staff to be engaged and proactive bystanders. See some tips for bystander intervention below:
Proactive Bystander Strategies
In order to be a proactive bystander who helps prevent cases of sexual harassment or sexual violence, you can…
Reactive Bystander Strategies
In order to be a reactive bystander who positively intervenes in instances of sexual harassment or sexual violence, you can…
Sources: “What Can I Do?” Prevention Innovations, UNH, www.unh.edu/preventioninnovations; The Transformation Project/Green Dot, The University of Tennessee Chattanooga, www.utc.edu/Outreach/TransformationProject/greendot.php