Harassment is a serious issue. To learn more, continue reading below.
What is harassment?
Harassment is any kind of behaviour that is unwelcome, demeaning, unreciprocated, intimidating and/or offensive towards someone.
It can include:
- Sex-based harassment
- Racial harassment
- Harassment because of a disability
- Harassment simply because someone does not like you.
Harassment may be obvious or subtle, and can include being:
- Victimised (the feeling that you are being 'picked on')
- Intimidated or abused, either verbally or physically
- Unfairly stopped or discouraged from complaining.
Harassment can involve anyone including males, females, staff and students.
When is it harassment?
Harassment can even occur in situations where no harm is intended. An example might be when someone wants a relationship with you when you do not share the same feelings. Or when someone keeps joking about your appearance and this is hurtful to you.
Cultural, religious and social differences mean that each person's definition of acceptable behaviour can vary.
If you experience certain behaviour as harassing, it is up to you and not anyone else, to decide that it is harassment.
Why Stop harassment?
Harassment can damage your health, self-confidence, relationships and impact upon your study.
Harassment is against the law. It is illegal to discriminate against someone based on race, sex, age, sexual orientation, marital status or disability.
How to Stop Harassment
If someone harasses you - TAKE ACTION!
You can tell the person who is harassing you that you don't like the behaviour and ask them to stop it.
People who can help are:
- Harassment Contact Officer (every campus has a specially trained person to help you decide how to deal with the harassment)
- TAFE Counsellor
- Support services staff or any TAFE staff member you feel comfortable with.
If you wish to discuss a situation, you can be sure that we will respect your privacy.
You can also choose to make a formal complaint which will be taken seriously.