The Impact of Sexual Harassment
Sexual Harassment can significantly interfere with the ability function in many areas of one’s life, including personal and professional. Many try to deal with the problem on their own, hoping it will go away and worrying about the consequences of disclosure. Common reactions to sexual harassment include:
- Avoiding the problem out of fear or embarrassment
- Minimizing the situation
- Pretend nothing is happening, try not to notice, hope it will stop, try to forget about it
- Offering excuses for the harasser or interpret the behaviors as flattering
- Suffering in silence, either through fear of retaliation, blame or embarrassment, or in the belief no one will help
If something feels wrong or uncomfortable, call SHARE. SHARE can help you develop an action plan and can help get others involved. There are options available to you.
Steps can be taken regardless of whether or not you choose to pursue a complaint. A Title IX Coordinator can help organize accommodations, remedies and protective measures. Yale College and each Graduate and Professional school has a Title IX Coordinator to assist with these measures. If you are thinking about filing any kind of complaint, there are a variety of options, both internal and external, for members of the Yale community. See our page on “Considering your options”; the Sexual Misconduct Response and Prevention at Yale site is another important source of information. Call us if you have questions or would like us to assist you through any of these processes.