HARASSMENT
Is Harassment the same as bullying? 
 
 YES!  

 
Dealing with Harassment
 
 
Harassment is any kind of continuing behavior that makes you feel bad or uncomfortable.  Such behavior - which includes gossiping, taunting, and bullying - is always unwanted and far from harmless.  If you find yourself harassed:
 
  • Don't ignore or rationalize the incident.  Telling yourself it's no big deal will seldom put a stop to future incidents. 
  • Don't "lose it" and strike back.  If you lose control, you give harassers exactly what they want, which is to have control and power over you.
  • Confront the harasser.  Tell the harasser how you feel and that you want the harassment to stop.  Be assertive, not aggressive.
  • When possible, use humor to deflect the attacks.  Joking can put a harasser off-balance and take the steam out of the attacks.
  • Get support.  If you feel uncomfortable confronting the harasser yourself, it's okay to call on a friend or friends to back you up.  There's safety and comfort in numbers.  But never use violence.
  • Keep a record.  Write down the date and place of each incident and how it made you feel.
  • Report it.  Describe the incidents to a teacher or counselor.  Don't feel embarrassed or think that you won't be believed.  If school staff do not hear any harassment complaints, they may be led to believe that the school climate is not troublesome to students.
 
 
 
If you see somebody being harassed, don't just stand by and do nothing.  You can:
 
  • Defend the target of harassment publicly.
  • Support the victim privately.  Encourage the target to report the incident. 
  • Report the incident yourself - especially if you think the harasser might hurt someone.
  • Get other bystanders to confront the harasser as a group.
  • Be a friend.  Include the target of harassment in your activities.
 
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Remember to always consider your own safety
when figuring our how to respond to a harasser. 
 
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