Respecting Others

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Respecting Others

Since sexual harassment involves an affront to subjective feelings of other people that the alleged perpetrator may not be aware of, it may be combated if everyone develops more sensitivity and respect for others to create an atmosphere of acceptance and respect for other people's values, cultures and feelings.

a) We should be willing to change our words or actions when someone complains about them. While conduct may attract serious consequences, sometimes an immediate apology is all that is required to prevent allegations of sexual discrimination or harassment.


b) In a public setting, one should always show disapproval of conduct which is sexually discriminatory and stand by anyone who is being harassed. This means not laughing at offensive remarks disguised as humour, offering supportive remarks to the victims of harassment or criticizing behaviour that you find objectionable.


c) Organizers of activities should be sensitive to the feelings of their peers and avoid sexually offensive activities. The student body will demonstrate their maturity and intelligence, and gain respect for themselves through the respect for others.


d) One should bear in mind that sexual harassment is contrary to law and University policy, and should not be treated lightly as it may attract serious consequences for the alleged perpetrator. You are not helping anyone by condoning such activities.


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