RESOURCES TO DEAL WITH SEXUAL HARASSMENT ON CAMPUS

by Tam’sanqa Mhepoh | @campusmoments | Interactive post

To end this blog series on sexual harassment on campus, here is a curated list of resources, ranging from multi-media, social media posts, online publications and press reports. These are to help you further understand this problem and how to possibly deal with it.

Sexual Harassment has been in the news over the first quarter of 2017. Citing a  baseline survey conducted by the Female Students Network of Zimbabwe published in 2016, reports say that between 74  and 98 percent of female students in the country’s tertiary institutions have been victims of this abuse. The culprits are male lecturers, male non academic staff and male students.

What is disturbing though is that victims do not recognize instances of abuse and if they do, they may not know where or how to seek redress. Go ahead, empower yourself with these resources below:

  1. Multi-media 

Flirting or Hurting. (DVD)

Even for adults, it can be challenging to figure out what actions and words constitute flirting and what behaviors cross the boundaries into sexual harassment. For middle schoolers, who are just making their entry into a more complex social world, these distinctions are often beyond their grasp. This program uses a blend of realistic dramatic scenarios, on-screen narrators and a round table discussion featuring real students to show young viewers the difference between real flirting (welcome, wanted, respectful and fun) and hurting (unwelcome, unwanted, one-sided, makes you feel bad). Viewers learn what it means to cross the line—whether in person, through texting or on-line—and are reminded of the serious consequences for both the target and the harasser. Helpful “flirting” tips are offered by an expert as well as advice on how to react to behaviors that are not appropriate or welcome.

Includes:

video, plus teacher’s resource book, student handouts and pre/post tests in digital format

available from : http://www.hrmvideo.com

2. #ThatsHarassment :

Social media campaign

Based on true stories, the short films illustrate various environments in which harassment occurs: a bar, photography studio and television show set, as well as the doctor’s, lawyer’s and politician’s offices. Here’s a blog with a commentary for you to understand why exactly all the scenarios are harassment. I’ve included one for this sample video.

What happens in the consent violation? A young model is posing for a photo shoot in front of a number of people. The photographer repeatedly tells her to touch herself and then repeatedly tells her to touch her genitals under her jeans. Eventually she complies and then he tells her to do it more. After a while he takes more pictures and then finishes by saying he has an erection from watching her.

Modelling is not sex work. Honestly, confusing the two is like saying a pianist is the same as an organist: sure, there are areas of overlap, but there are also big differences and it shouldn’t be assumed that the person who’s into one is also into the other.

A person’s body is a huge part of modelling; yes, by virtue of being a human being, that body will be a sexual body, but that doesn’t mean it has to be sexualised. This young woman signed up for a photo shoot: yes with the expectation of being attractive and attention grabbing, but not with the expectation of any kind of sex act. We don’t expect a pianist to play and organ when they come to perform a piano concerto; similarly there should be no onus on this woman to masturbate for the camera, just because she wants to be in the modelling industry.

Oh but of course, the modelling industry is really competitive so those who are already on the inside can exploit those trying to enter. And so we have our power imbalance. Plus, this gets several layers added to it, because it’s not just the photographer who’s telling her to masturbate, it’s also everyone else who’s watching. It’s not unreasonable for her to think that if the photographer was being out of line then someone would say something. But they don’t. Which means if she objects, she objects in front of all of them and (probably) kisses her career goodbye.

What I hated in this video is how many times he had to tell her to touch herself. She heard him the first time. The reason why she didn’t do as he asked the first few times he told her to was because she didn’t want to. Just because she later complied, this doesn’t mean she consented. Rather, it means that she felt his level of insistence had come to a point where she didn’t feel like she could be seen to refuse.

Then at the end he normalises what has happened by saying how sexy she was and how he now has an erection. Like the erection was a surprise for him. (No it wasn’t; it was what he was after the entire time.) It also staggers me how he can say she was so sexy given that whilst she has her hands in her jeans you can see the awkwardness in her body language.

But if he can convince her that actually this was a lovely, good, sexy thing they did together (notice: that they did together), then it makes her less likely to report it later.

3. Ending Campus Sexual Assault Tool Kit

Online publications (aauw.org)

watch video on youtube.

Sexual assault disproportionately affects college women and impedes their ability to participate fully in campus life. Educational equity for women and girls requires fair, responsive, and fully developed campus sexual assault policies; knowledgeable administrators; and, ultimately, an end to sexual violence on campuses.

This tool kit serves the needs of faculty, staff, students, and advocates. Use these resources to raise awareness about campus sexual assault so that everyone can help make campuses safe for all students. You will find ideas for programming, get answers to frequently asked questions, learn about funding opportunities, and learn how to take action on campus. Everyone plays a role in ending sexual violence.

Use these tools to help end sexual violence on campus.

Take Action: 10 Ways to Fight Sexual Assault

The chance of a woman being sexually assaulted during college is about the same as her chance of catching the flu during an average year. Sexual assault has lasting effects on students. If this statistic troubles you, know that you can take action. Read more »

6 Ways Faculty and Staff Can Fight Sexual Violence on Campus

College faculty and staff play an important role in ending sexual violence on campus. Faculty and staff interact with students on a daily basis, can serve as confidants, and may witness important behavior changes. Read more »

Take the Pledge to Deliver New Title IX Resources to Your Local Schools

Deliver resources to Title IX coordinators at your local schools and help to ensure students’ access to an education free of sex-based discrimination, harassment, or violence. Read more »

Here’s Your Talking Points on Campus Sexual Assault

Have you ever been challenged while advocating against campus sexual assault? We put together responses to some common questions people ask about it so that next time you’re challenged, you’re ready! Read more »

4 Places to Get Funding for Your Next Anti-campus Sexual Assault Project

You’ve decided to host an event on your campus to help address campus sexual assault — but now you need funding to make your event possible. Finding the money to support campus programs or improve a campus climate can be challenging. Consider these options.

4. ADD YOUR OWN VOICE 

You may also want to contribute to this list of resources. Fill in the form below with a link to a resource and it will be added on the page.

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