How to act in harassment situations
1. Instructions for those who have experienced harassment
- Tell the person behaving inappropriately
that their behaviour is inappropriate. Tell them that you do not accept their
behaviour and ask them to stop. If you cannot or dare not approach the harasser
yourself, ask a friend, someone involved in the organisation or someone else to
point this out to the person. The harasser may simply not understand that they
are behaving in an offensive manner.
- If you wish, you can leave the
situation. You have no obligation to continue talking with the harasser.
However, do not remain alone with your experience! You can, for instance,
contact someone involved in the organisation or a harassment contact person
when you are ready for it.
- If the harassment continues, write
down what happened, when the situation occurred, who were present and what was
said. Save any possible emails and messages, too, as this will make it easier
to process the matter later.
- Tell someone about the inappropriate
- If another student behaves inappropriately
in a teaching situation, contact the teacher responsible for the course or some
other member of the University staff.
- If the harassment takes place in a
student organisation, you should primarily contact the people involved in the organisation
or, if needed, HYY’s harassment contact persons.
Remember to look after your own
wellbeing. If you want to discuss the incident with someone, you can also
contact the FSHS’s services or some other provider of help. You can seek help from the party
you feel is the most natural for yourself.
- If you suspect a crime, always
contact the police. If you are not sure whether what happened constitutes a
crime, you can contact Victim Support Finland.