Sexual Harassment on Campus: Things You Should Know
Sexual harassment is a serious, often frightening experience to endure. In fact, more and more students have come forward to report occurrences. According to CBC, a study by the Ontario government revealed that 63% of university students have experienced sexual harassment on campus. 50% of college students reported the same. Additionally, one in three women is affected by sexual assault while one in six men experience more of the same.
These startling statistics make it crucial for students to know where they can turn to or how to report an incident. Not only that, it’s just as important to know who you can turn to and that 24/7 resources exist specifically for those affected by these crimes.
Reporting the Incident
If you’ve experienced sexual harassment, you’ll need to report it to the authorities. University and college campuses often have police onsite or patrolling buildings. If you’re not on campus and want to report sexual harassment, you can call 911 for immediate assistance.
Regardless of who you turn to, you’ll be asked to file a physical report and provide details on:
- what happened
- to whom the assault happened to
- when the incident occurred
- if there were any witnesses
- details on the assailant
The authorities may also inquire about additional information as well as point you to counselling centres, should you need one.
Who to Talk To
Post-secondary institutes have social workers or psychologists on campus that you can speak to. The only issue with these services, as frequently reported, is that they can be hard to get into. Given the number of students attending your school, available workers may be sparse in comparison.
That said, you’re not without options. If you’re comfortable doing so, revealing the incident to close friends and family is a good coping mechanism. It’s sometimes easier to speak with those closest to you about traumatic experiences.
Alternatively, there are several numbers you can call; they’re open 24/7 for your convenience. Numbers are often organized by the crime committed, too. Men are also welcome to call hotlines specifically available for them.
A quick online search will also provide you with additional resources, especially those specifically accessible in your area.
Things to Remember
Sexual harassment isn’t a joke and there are no blurred lines when a person harasses another. Though victims might feel ashamed or afraid to come forward, it’s ultimately encouraged that they do to bring justice to themselves. It also aids in future prevention.
The most important thing to remember is that you did nothing wrong. Speaking up about what happened can provide you with the peace of mind you need to live life as before.