The Role of Bystanders: How to Be an Ally Against Sexual Harassment

In order to Learn the definition of sexual harassment and the range of ways it can occur (verbal, physical, non-verbal, etc.). Find out how it affects both people and communities.

Pay attention to survivors and take their word for it. Acknowledge their experiences and express sympathy and encouragement.

When you see sexual harassment occurring, speak up against it. Avoid being an observer. Make use of your privilege and voice to call out improper language and behavior.

Recognize the language and actions you use. Avoid saying or laughing at things that aren’t suitable, and pay attention to how you interact with other people.

Back laws and practices that encourage a courteous and safe atmosphere for everybody. Encourage change in your neighborhood, school, or place of employment. Take on sexism and gender stereotypes that support the culture of sexual harassment. Encourage respect and equality for all genders.

Provide resources, a safe location to communicate, or assistance in getting professional aid to people who have been the victims of sexual harassment. Show your support to individuals who have gone through this. Attend seminars and training on consent and preventing sexual harassment. Inform others and strike up discussions on civil conduct and wholesome partnerships.

Make sexual harassment offenders answerable for their acts. Don’t downplay or ignore their actions. Urge them to accept accountability and look for assistance in order to alter their behavior.


Consistently promote a culture of safety, consent, and respect. Make a statement against sexual harassment in any form within your community.
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