What can Sexual Harassment look like?
Who can be affected by Sexual Harassment?
A victim of sexual harassment can be of any gender or sexual orientation, regardless of the gender or sexual orientation of the person responsible for the harassment.
A person may experience sexual harassment if they are the direct target as well as if they observe, are in the presence of, or are affected by the offensive conduct.
Sexual harassment may occur between any two members of the Swarthmore community -- for example, between:
- Faculty and Students
- Faculty and Faculty
- Students and Staff
- Staff and Faculty
- Student and Student
While sexual harassment often occurs when there is a power differential between two people, it can also happen between peers or colleagues where there is no power difference.
What can I do to Prevent Sexual Harassment?
It is important to be aware that sexual remarks or physical conduct of a sexual nature may be offensive or can make some people uncomfortable even if you wouldn't feel the same way yourself.
Follow these guidelines to help avoid making someone else uncomfortable:
- Do not repeat behavior if you have been told that it is not wanted. If you are in doubt, stop the behavior.
Ask if something you do or say is being perceived as offensive or unwelcome. If the answer is yes, stop the behavior.
- Pay attention to people's nonverbal reactions.
- Do not retaliate if someone accuses you of sexual harassment. Retaliation is against College Policy and may be considered an additional or separate offense.
- Speak up at sexist jokes, inappropriate innuendos, offensive gossip, or talk that is objectifying in nature.
Reporting, Resources, and Support
If you believe that you have been sexually harassed, you can reach out to a number of resources on and off campus that can help you get safe, understand what happened, and decide whether or not you'd like to report the harassment.