Effects of Sexual Harassment
The effects of experiencing sexual harassment can be profound, and can range from uncomfortable to devastating. They may last a short or long time, and can even generate a "ripple effect" of negative symptoms in the affected workplace or living environment.
If you’ve been the target of sexual harassment, you may have experienced:
- Anger, fear, self-consciousness or embarrassment
- Difficulty sleeping
- Loss of appetite
If you’re a student you may be:
- having trouble studying or paying attention.
- less able to perform well.
- participating less, avoiding certain places on campus.
- no longer going to study group, or to your Prof’s or TA’s office hours.
- thinking about dropping a class, changing your major, or even leaving Stanford.
If you work at Stanford you may be:
- having trouble paying attention and staying focused on your work.
- participating less in group meetings, or skipping them.
- wanting to use sick or PTO days to avoid going to work.
- staying away from certain places in the workplace or on campus.
- thinking of quitting your job.
Be sure to ask for help if you are experiencing any of these. Consult our Resource Guide to find out where to seek help.