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Psychosocial Strategies for Healing of Sexual Harassment Victims #MeToo

• If you are going through a situation where a perosn’s speech, gestures or touch are being offensive, it is useful to share it with someone, within or outside the working space or the space it has happened it.  It helps to vent out emotions. You may get another perspective on the event or how to deal with it.  However, don’t allow it to become all-encompassing in life or let it takeover your life and thus weaken you emotionally and physically to deal with the situation then or in future.

• It is prudent to try avoid or minimize engagement with the person who is seen as offensive. If possible, avoid being alone with that person or let a person you trust know that you are in that situation or with that person. It also puts the pressure on the perpetrator to not try anything for fear of being found out or caught.

• It is best to show displeasure or if possible to raise an alarm as soon as such a behavior occurs.  The chances of others intervening actively or the accusation being accepted is far higher.  It also decreases the chances of being exposed to such trauma for self or others in future.

• When a situation is happening and specially if there is active resistance, there might be threats or promises to reduce the tension. If one gives in, the chances of claiming such a thing occurred may be reduced.  It is difficult, specially if career or economic situation are at stake.  However, it is also easier to live without guilt based on how one faced that situation.

• If one is going through fear or anticipatory anxiety, it is important to have adequate sleep, eat regularly, have plenty of fluids and continue to look after oneself so that it is possible to deal with stress physically and emotionally.

• Deep, slow, rhythmic breathing is extremely useful and should be done as frequently as possible, throughout the day.  This breathing is to be done without pause between inhalation and exhalation and to be done in rhythm till one can reach about 8-10 breath cycles per minute.

• Alcohol, substances of abuse or medication without prescription must be avoided.  These can become habit forming during stressful periods.

• Avoid tobacco, coffee or colas as these precipitate anxiety and reduce the chances of proper, adequate sleep.

• Seek help professionally from a therapist or psychiatrist if the emotions are going on continuously or interfering with work, daily routine or health.

• It is necessary to remember that if someone did indulge in offensive behavior, you are not responsible for that.  However, you can choose to let go of the hurt and memories after having dealt with it as is required.

• Do seek help of law as is applicable which is a big deterrent for future behavior with you or someone else.