Great tips about what to look for and what do about sexual harassment, according to the New Jersey Coalition Against Sexual Assault.
Some signs of sexual harassment include:
- Supervisors, peers or teachers calling you pet names such as "babe" or "hon"
- Being asked detailed questions about your personal or social life, as well as being told about someone else's personal business
- Hearing constant comments about you appearance, clothing or body
- Discrimination against other students or coworkers because of their age, race, ethnicity, religious background or sexual orientation
- Sexually suggestive tones, descriptions or body language in your work or school environment
- Your teacher or supervisor using hugs, pats on the back or arm around the shoulder to make points
- A hostile environment toward men or women such as jokes, comments, cartoons or pictures of a sexual nature posted
So what you should do if anything happens to you?
- Trust your judgment if you feel uncomfortable or think someone's behavior is inappropriate
- Do not blame yourself
- Talk about your situation with family, friends or coworkers you believe will be supportive
- Obtain your academic or personnel file
- Become familiar with sexual harassment policies and grievance/complaint procedures in your school or place of work
- Document dates, times, places and events that make you feel uncomfortable as well as any harassing documents or pictures
- Inform your harasser that his or her behavior is unwelcome either verbally or in writing and keep a copy of any written communication sent to the harasser
- Consult with a trusted supervisor, administrator or personnel trained in discrimination issues
Who should you contact?
Delaware's Department of Labor: Division of Industrial Affairs' Office of Discrimination
320-761-8200 for the Wilmington Area
302-422-1134 for the Milford Area
New Jersey Residents:
New Jersey Coalition Against Sexual Assault
609-631-4450 for South Jersey