Sexual Harassment Response
What should I do if I have been sexually harassed?
Step 1: Acknowledge that you have the right to study, work and live in an environment where you feel safe.
Step 2: Try to identify the person* (name, surname) and note when and where the incident happened.
Step 3: If possible, get yourself to a safe space and, if it will help, inform someone you trust (eg a friend, warden, lecturer or head of department).
*Please remember that it is not your responsibility to confront the harasser or inform them that their behaviour is unwelcome.
Step 4: Seek advice on protection measures, legal and disciplinary options:
- Contact the Discrimination and Harassment Office (DISCHO) on 021 650 3530 (office hrs) and 072 393 7824 (after hrs) for assistance and advice on protection measures and UCT disciplinary options.
- For additional legal advice and assistance contact Anne Isaac at email@example.com
Step 5: Consider counselling.
- Contact Student Wellness Service for psychological support on 021 650 1017 (office hours).
- Call the Rape Crisis Cape Town Trust 24-hour helpline on 021 447 9762.
Step 6: Contact the UCT Sexual Assault Response Team at firstname.lastname@example.org, at any stage of the process, for any advice, complaints, concerns or extra support.
|The Discrimination and Harassment Office (DISCHO)||021 650 3530 (office hrs)
072 393 7824 (after hrs)
|Campus Protection Services||021 650 2222|
|Student Wellness (psychologist)||021 650 1017 (office hrs)|
|Rape Crisis Cape Town Trust||021 447 9762|
|Anne Isaac (UCT legal counsel)||email@example.com|
|For legal advice and assistance|
|Sexual Assault Response Team at UCTfirstname.lastname@example.org|