Sexual harassment is a serious situation that is currently regulated by law. According to the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), it is against the law to harass a person because of that person’s sex. Harassment is further defined as including any or all of the following:
While this definition appears to be very specific, the overall concept of sexual harassment also includes and offensive remarks about a person’s sex, such as derogatory comments to a woman about women in general.
The law also recognizes that while it does not “prohibit simple teasing, offhand comments, or isolated incidents that are not very serious, harassment is illegal when it is so frequent or severe that it creates a hostile or offensive work environment, or when it results in an adverse employment decision (such as the victim being fired or demoted).”
For a person who has experienced sexual harassment, it is quite common for her to demonstrate symptoms of trauma including the following:
A person’s reaction to trauma often starts with shock and then moves into denial, followed by feelings of victimization that impact self-esteem and one’s ability to function. For a person who has experienced sexual harassment, he may have endured this harassment for quite a period of time, attempting first to handle it on his own before he acknowledged that he needed help. It is at this time that counseling and support for the victim is critical. The counselor can help the victim understand sexual harassment, understand that he did not encourage it and should not sink into feelings of fault or guilt. The counselor can also help the person regain a sense of control over his life. The following are a variety of therapies that have been successful in treating trauma:
These therapy types offer different strategies to help a person overcome the impact of trauma in her life.
Dealing with trauma is not something people can do without assistance. You need to explore the underlying feelings that the trauma has created and learn healthy ways to handle these feelings. You do not want to turn to drugs or alcohol to numb yourself from these feelings. Instead, you can get help.
We are available 24 hours a day at our toll-free helpline to answer any questions you might have about counseling and rehab. We are here to help.