POSH Guide: What to do if you are a Victim or a Witness
If you are being sexually harassed:
- 1. Be Assertive
- Confront the harasser at the first sign of trouble. Do not hint. Without smiles, evasion, or apologies, let the harasser know the behavior is unwelcome and offensive. If you can't do it alone, ask a friend to witness your discussion with the harasser.
- 2. Report Incidents(s) To Your Supervisor.
- Let your supervisor know about the incident(s). The supervisor's responsibility is to facilitate an environment free of sexual harassment. He or she must exercise reasonable care to prevent or promptly correct any sexually harassing behavior.
- 3. File a Complaint
- Civilians should contact the local Equal Employment Opportunity office (EEO), the DoDDS-E EEO office, or the DoDEA Headquarters EEO office, to file a complaint of discrimination.
- 4. Keep a Journal
- Document all incidences of sexual harassment. Keep a record of the harasser's behavior with dates, times, and places. Detail all the circumstances to include the names of witnesses. Get witnesses to document what they heard or saw.
- 5. Get a Strong Support System
- Any victim of sexual harassment will more than likely experience stress. Talk to your friends, relatives, spouse, or minister.
If You Witness Sexual Harassment
- Document all incidents.
- Keep detailed accurate notes, specifying dates, times, places, etc.
- Share observations with the victim(s) and appropriate officials.
- Let the victim(s) know if you are aware of other individuals whom the harasser has harassed
- Do not openly discuss what you witnessed with uninvolved individuals.
- Report it to proper officials.