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What To Do If You Experience Harassment

What to do if you experience harassment

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Everyone has the right to a harassment-free environment and to a safe life, both in society and at university level. LTKY wants to intervene in harassment at the university and we have zero tolerance for harassment.

What is harassment?

Harassment may include mental or physical bullying, intimidation, sexual inequality, inappropriate treatment, discrimination, harassing, inappropriate remarks, blackmail, or any activity that the subject of the harassment finds offensive or uncomfortable. Defining harassment is difficult because it is always associated with the person’s own experience of the matter. Something that feels normal to yourself may feel distracting to another. Harassment can be regarded as a behavior that is continued, even though the target person expresses that it is inappropriate.

You can contact the harassment contact person, for example, if:
You have felt uncomfortable in our university community.
You are not sure if you have experienced harassment.
You want to talk about harassing behavior.
You have witnessed harassment.
You want to give feedback about our harassment contact person activity.

If you want to hear more about preventing harassment or LTKY’s practices in a case of harassment, you can also talk to a harassment contact person. Do not hesitate to contact a harassment contact person, because there are no dumb questions or unnecessary contacts!

With the help of harassment contact persons, we hope to lower the threshold for reporting harassment in our community.

LTKY’s anti-harassment work is coordinated by the Advocacy Expert together with designated harassment contact persons.

Harassment contact persons:
Are open
Will help with their best knowledge
Give support
Take the matter forward, if so desired
Don’t criticize or judge
Enlighten about harassment
Provide training

Harassment contact persons do not take the matter forward without the consent of the person requesting the help, and all discussions are completely confidential, as the harassment contact persons are bound by the duty of confidentiality.

LTKY’s anti-harassment activities are constantly evolving. Unified practices and established customs are being planned all the time. Each case is dealt with an individual basis, but clear operating models and things in black and white help each person considerably.

Harassment contact persons are primarily reached via email. A short email describing what happened or suggesting a direct meeting is enough to contact. The harassment contact person will respond to you within 24 hours and make an appointment or discus other ways to handle the case. If an email doesn’t seem natural to you, you can also contact us by phone.

Event-related harassment can be reported primarily to event organizers, guild or association representatives, but we advise you to contact the LTKY harassment contact person also.

You can find up-to-date contact information for harassment contact persons and more information on the LTKY website: https://ltky.fi/hairintayhdyshenkilo/?lang=en

Kirjoittaja

Tiia Kettunen

The writer works as an advocacy expert at LTKY.

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