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July 5, 2013

Sexual Harassment Psychological Counseling at Velachery, Chennai, Pondicherry, Cuddalore, Villupuram, Tamilnadu.

Sexual Harassment
v  Off-color jokes?
v  Center folds on the wall?
v  Sexual innuendoes?
Fun? No, not necessarily. Sexual harassment? Possibly.
It’s a confusing and controversial topic.
Think of sexual harassment as a form of communication that can be perceived in different ways:
One by the communicator, another by the recipient, and
Yet another by an “objective” third party.

Sexual harassment takes several forms:
  • Unwelcome or coercive sexual advances in exchange for favorable treatment, or under the threat of unfavorable treatment. e.g., grades; jobs; promotions.
  • Sexually-related behaviors that create a hostile academic, living, or work environment and interfere with someone’s academic or work performance e.g., unwanted sexual comments, e-mails jokes, or publicly posted sexual graphics,
  • Persistent and unwanted communication of a sexual nature e.g., in person, by phone or e-mail, or insistent pursuit after a break-up,
  • It can involve repeated actions, or one incident if sufficiently severe; can occur between peers, in hierarchical relationships, or between persons of the same or opposite gender; can be subtle or blatant
  • If sexual touching is involved it can also be sexual assault

Sexual harassment can:
  • Create fear and intimidation
  • Be an abuse of power or an attempt to control someone else
  • Lead to tension or conflict in a community
  • Deprive others of the opportunities they came to Stanford to enjoy – to study, work, and live in a supportive environment
Sexual harassment violates university policy and can bring about legal and university disciplinary sanctions.

How To Stop It
  • Don’t put up with it - there’s no reason to blame yourself – it’s not your fault
  • Speak up - silence enables harassment to continue toward you or someone else; keep notes, records, and e-mails,
  • Tell the person to stop, verbally or in writing - be firm and clear – they’ll often back off, or give them this flyer
  • If you want support, ask a trusted person in authority to assist you - e.g., residential staff, staff or faculty,

Important Tips
  • Avoid misunderstandings: when communicating about sexual matters, your style may be different from others’ - what’s acceptable to one may not be to another, if in doubt, check it out
  • When someone says, “stop” or expresses uneasiness, respect their limits -ask yourself if you would want your sister or brother to be addressed this way.
  • When a relationship is breaking up, formerly endearing behaviors can become offensive, so if your “ex” expresses discomfort, back off, and talk your feelings through with a neutral party
  • There are extra risks if you become involved sexually with someone who is in an inherently unequal position. e.g., teacher/student; dorm resident/staff – consent may be misunderstood, and later, breaking up can have major consequences

For Counseling
Feel Free to contact us

The “Psychologist” Psychological Counseling Centre’s at
Chennai:- 9786901830
Pondicherry:- 9865212055
Panruti:- 9443054168
97869 01830
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