- ...अपने सहज ज्ञान पर भरोसा
- ...इसके खिलाफ आवाज़ बुलंद करें
- ...औपचारिक शिकायत
- ...इसे नज़रअंदाज़
- ...अपने आप को दोष देना
- ...मदद मांगने में झिझक
- Think that it’s only sexual harassment when it’s physicalSexual harassment doesn’t just mean full-on groping. It can be suggestive comments or sexual jokes that make you uneasy. Sidelong looks, facial expressions. Sexually loaded SMS messages, e-mails, Facebook messages, online chat.Just because someone has serious romantic intentions doesn’t give them a licence to sexually harass you – because that’s what they’re doing if they go beyond your limits. And ‘I’m only joking’ is also no excuse.If it makes you feel uncomfortable, it’s sexual harassment. Especially if it doesn’t stop when you make your feelings clear. If it makes both of you feel good, it’s flirting!
- Blame yourselfIt’s vital to remember that whatever anyone says, it is not your fault. What you wore, said or didn't say does not make it OK for the offender to harass you.Harassment and molestation is always the fault of the offender and never of the victim. Nothing you have said or done has made you deserve the assault.When such cases come to light, society and sometimes even the police tends to blame the victim, questioning their morals, values and character. Don’t let it get you down or feel ashamed. Nothing you said or did means that you ‘asked for it’.
- Be afraid to seek helpBeing sexually threatened can be extremely damaging to you mentally and emotionally. Don't be afraid to talk to your friends and family about it. You will need all the backing and encouragement you can get.Seek help if you need it. Going to a therapist to come to terms with the trauma and put it behind you can help you tremendously. Counselling from a trained professional will provide you with the support you need.
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