We’ve spent a lot of time on this blog discussing the implications sexual harassment can have on your career, your reputation, and your finances. But the truth of the matter is that the ramifications of sexual harassment run much deeper than that. Many victims of sexual harassment suffer from embarrassment and discomfort, but sexual harassment can also cause anxiety, depression, shame, and even self-blame. We hate that employers and supervisors have the power to cause this much devastation, which is why we stand ready to help victims like you fight for accountability. In the meantime, though, you need to focus on your own wellbeing.
Coping with the aftermath of sexual harassment
You shouldn’t try to bury your feelings as they relate to sexual harassment. Instead, consider these tips in hopes of finding a way to get through this difficult time in your life:
- Find acceptance: This can be hard to do, but you need to realize that you were victimized. Don’t try to justify the actions of your harasser. And don’t try to hide your emotions. Finding an appropriate outlet for your emotions might be helpful.
- Talk to someone: Carrying the burden of sexual harassment can be overwhelming. Talking to someone you trust and who will validate your experience and your emotions can be powerful.
- Don’t take the blame: Many sexual harassment victims tend to blame themselves for the harassment to which they’ve been subjected. Doing this will only cause more harm to yourself and make it more challenging to move past the matter. Just know that you didn’t do anything wrong.
- Try to find closure: At some point, you’ll need to try to put your sexual harassment behind you. You can do this a number of ways, which might include changing jobs or careers, moving, or simply choosing not to think about the harassment on a daily basis.
The legal process can help
Although these tips are meant for you to take outside of legal action, filing a sexual harassment lawsuit can help with many of them. It can allow you to talk to someone who is willing to fight for you, and it can help you find closure. So as you focus on yourself, don’t become overwhelmed by the legalities involved in the matter. Instead, thinking about handing that burden off to an attorney you trust.