What Should I Do?

I have been sexually harassed/someone I know has been sexually harassed. What should I do?

All Soldiers and Department of the Army (DA) Civilians have a responsibility to help resolve acts of sexual harassment. Sexual harassment can be a precursor behavior to sexual assault. In a climate of sexual assault prevention, it is important to address sexually harassing behaviors so that this conduct does not escalate. Additionally, Soldiers and Army Civilians should work to ensure a safe, productive work environment, free of sexual harassment. Military personnel should report incidents of sexual harassment through their SARC.

Techniques of Dealing with Sexual Harassment

All Soldiers and Civilians have a responsibility to help resolve acts of sexual harassment. Examples of how to accomplish this follows:

  1. Direct approach. Confront the harasser and tell them that the behavior is not appreciated, not welcomed and that it must stop. Stay focused on the behavior and its impact. Use common courtesy. Write down thoughts before approaching the individual involved.
  2. Indirect approach. Send a letter to the harasser stating the facts, personal feelings about the inappropriate behavior and expected resolution.
  3. Third party. Request assistance from another person. Ask someone else to talk to the harasser, to accompany the victim, or to intervene on behalf of the victim to resolve the conflict.
  4. Chain of command. Report the behavior to immediate supervisor or others in chain of command and ask for assistance in resolving the situation.
  5. Filing a formal complaint. Details for filing an informal or formal complaint are included in appendix C of Army Regulation 600-20 (Army Command Policy) and follow the same procedures as for an Equal Opportunity complaint.