Sexual Harassment and Stalking
Sexual harassment is any unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and other verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature. Sexual harassment can be commited by current or former friends and/or acquaintances and can be committed by a male or female against a person of the same or opposite sex.
Stalking is unwanted pursuit. There are many different behaviors that qualify as stalking, but all share two common features: They involve actions not wanted by the victim and they threaten or cause fear in the victim. Some examples of stalking include following, inappropriate approaches and attention, and unwanted telephone calls, emails, letters or gifts.
Victims of sexual harassment and stalking often feel scared, frustrated and violated, and sometimes feel that they don’t want to "make a big deal out of nothing." But stalking can lead to more violent behavior and should be taken seriously.
Sexual harassment and stalking is never the fault of the victim. The blames lies with the person who chose to hurt you. SARN advocates offer support and advocacy to students, staff and faculty of St. Olaf College who are survivors of sexual assault as well as friends and family of survivors. Our services are free and confidential.