NOT A COMPLIMENT
Sexual harassment, in all its forms, should never be misconstrued as a polite gesture – even if it's made out to be a compliment or a sad, crude attempt at humor. If you find yourself feeling uncomfortable rather than flattered, or perhaps cringing as opposed to laughing, chances are your gut is trying to tell you that something's not adding up. Not A Compliment is a tell-all book for women everywhere that have been trying to navigate the gray area of harassment.
If you or someone you know has been the victim of sexual assault, reach out to someone. There are resources where you can get the help you need. For information and support, you can call any of the national support numbers listed below.
The National Sexual Assault Hotline
They will connect you with a counselor near you. This counselor can talk you through what happened and help you come up with a plan of action. All calls are confidential. You can also visit their website at https://www.rainn.org/about-national-sexual-assault-telephone-hotline
The National Domestic Violence Hotline
For victims of stalking and other crimes, you can visit
http://victimsofcrime.org/our-programs/stalking-resource-center/help-for-victims or you can call 1-855-4-VICTIM.
For more information about sexual harassment and your rights regarding gender discrimination in the workplace, you can contact the office of the EEOC. That is the Equal Employment Opportunities Commission. Putting in a complaint with the EEOC is usually the first step in taking legal action against a hostile work environment.
Visit http://www.eeoc.gov/ or call 1-800-669-4000
If you are in immediate danger, dial 9-1-1 for emergency services.