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This guide is designed to facilitate conversation between people who have been sexually harassed and people who want to support them. You can use it with your Lean In Circle, in another small group, or with a partner.
Sexual harassment is hard to talk about. If you’ve been harassed, you may experience trauma, shame, or anxiety. If someone you know tells you they’ve been harassed, it can be hard to know what to say. No matter which side of the conversation you're on, this guide will help you talk about it in ways that bring comfort and empowerment. Each step is based on findings from research in psychology.
Given the topic of this guide, trust is critical. Before you start, we recommend that everyone in your group promises to keep what they hear confidential.
For a definition of sexual harassment and to learn more about the psychological harms it can cause, your group may want to review the key concepts in our discussion guide Self-Care After Sexual Harassment.
Brought to you in partnership with . . .
Jennifer Freyd, professor of psychology at the University of Oregon and a researcher, consultant, speaker, and co-author of Blind to Betrayal. Professor Freyd has spent over two decades researching the effects of sexual harassment and her work is often cited in the media.
Approx. 80 minutes for total meeting (based on a group size of eight members)
Learn how to listen well
Approx. 20 min
Share a difficult experience
Approx. 30–70 min