Shepherd University

SU Interpersonal Violence
 Resource Center

Sexual Harassment

Responding to Sexual Harassment

What can I do if I am being sexually harassed?

You have a right to be free from harassing behaviors and it is very important for you to get support from the people close to you that you trust.

  1. Due to the psychological impact of sexual harassment you may want to reach out to SU Counseling Services for confidential support. For an appointment please call 304-876-5161
  2. If you feel safe and comfortable doing so, you can talk directly to your harasser and explain why the action or comment is offensive. Say it firmly, without smiling and without apologizing.
  3. If direct communication is not safe or comfortable, you can tell the harasser in writing that you object to this behavior. Describe the specific things which offend or upset you. Keep a copy for your records.
  4. If you do not feel safe or comfortable with any form of communication with the harasser there are several on-campus resources you can reach out to for help in addressing the harassment. 
  5. You have the option to report the harassment to campus officials and/or law enforcement. 
  6. Document the harassment. You may not have yet decided how you want to address the behavior but keeping records can be helpful in the future.