Sexual Misconduct: Unwanted Sexual Behavior
The experience of sexual harassment can impact a person in many ways, jeopardizing a person’s emotional and physical health. It can make a person feel angry, helpless, humiliated, intimidated, and/or confused. It can result in physical symptoms such as nausea, headaches, and sleep disturbances. Sexual harassment is never the victim’s fault. It is important to make sure to seek emotional support, whether it be professional or from supportive friends or relatives.
- Women’s Law Project - 215.928.9801
- Philadelphia Commission on Human Relations - 215.686.4670
- Community Legal Services - 215.981.3700
- University of Pennsylvania Legal Clinic - 215.898.8427
** A NOTE ABOUT CONFIDENTIALITY: University administrators and staff who have knowledge of an allegation of sexual harassment have an institutional responsibility to investigate the complaint. To discuss a situation of sexual harassment confidentially, the counselors in the Student Counseling Center and the Campus Ministers in University Ministry and Service are able to maintain confidentiality unless the individual discloses that he or she is a danger to self or others.
"So often, we believe that we have come to a place that is void of hope and void of possibilities, only to find that it is the very hopelessness that allows us to hit bottom, give up our illusion of control, turn it over, and ask for help. Out of the ashes of our hopelessness comes the fire of our hope."
- Anne Wilson Shaef, PhD.