Harassment is a serious issue that needs to be dealt with appropriately. Too many individuals both men and women are finding themselves harassed on a regular basis, and if harassment is not dealt with appropriately, it can lead to physical injury or even death.
If you are being harassed, it’s important that you take the right precautions to alleviate the situation from escalating.
Ask them to stop.
The first thing that you need to do is try to have a conversation with the person who is harassing you. Let them know that you don’t appreciate their words or actions and ask them to stop. It’s possible the person didn’t realize they were making you uncomfortable, and talking to them may get them to stop. If the person does not stop after talking to them, then you need to take other measures.
Make sure that someone else knows about it. If you’re being harassed at school, tell a teacher, administrator or parent. If you are being harassed at work, make sure to tell your boss, HR department or anyone in upper management. Trying to handle the harassment on your own is never a good idea.
Call the police.
If the harassment has gotten serious or if you are being threatened in or near your home, then you need to contact the police. The police can have the harasser arrested, and you can also get a restraining order placed against the individual or an order of protection.
Take safety precautions.
If you believe that the harassment can lead to physical harm, you need to take safety precautions. Install an alarm system in your home, make sure that you never leave work by yourself and make sure to lock all doors and windows. You never want to leave yourself vulnerable to be attacked by the person who harasses you, so make sure that you are doing everything you can to stay safe.
Ignore the harasser.
If possible, you will want to try and ignore the person who is harassing you. Politely walk away without saying anything, don’t respond to text messages or emails, and hang up if they call you. If you yell, get frustrated or show any type of emotion, it will give them the courage they need to continue. Some harassers feed off of your reaction, and if you stop giving them reactions and attention, they may stop harassing you.
Being harassed can have a major toll on you emotionally, and you may find solace is joining a support group for people who have been harassed. Having someone harass you can make you feel like you no longer control your life, or it may make you feel more paranoid than normal. You may no longer enjoy doing your favorite activities, and you may even find it difficult to leave the house. Seeking a support group or going to therapy can help you overcome any and all of these feelings and help you get your life back in order.