How to Move On from Sexual Harassment: A Guide for Victims

August 6, 2021

Sexual harassment is a common issue that many people face, but only some know how to move on. The first step in moving on from sexual harassment is acknowledging the problem and identifying what happened. If you don’t know how to identify it, ask someone you trust for help or read over our guide for victims below. Next, create an action plan by writing down a list of things that will make you feel safer and more comfortable. Finally, take small steps towards your goal every day until it becomes second nature for you!

Understand that it is not your fault.

Sexual harassment is not the victims’ fault. It’s also important to remember that sexual assault isn’t a “victims” word. It happens when someone takes advantage of another person for their needs and desires to be fulfilled without regard or care about what the other side might want.

Sexual harassment cannot always be helped, but there are ways you can avoid being sexually assaulted; don’t wear revealing clothes, go out with friends who won’t take no as an answer, stay away from shady areas at night (where most assaults occur), never leave your drink unattended-especially if they’re mixed drinks-, know where exits are so you are well aware of you escape routes just in case something goes wrong, etc., these all help keep people safer.

Never blame yourself for the harassment. Just as you would never be blamed for another person’s bad behavior, it is not your fault that someone sexually harassed you. It may have been a situation where they thought what they were doing was ok, but when we don’t like something and ask them to stop, it becomes sexual harassment because we felt violated.

If you want to talk about what happened, try not to blame yourself or assign responsibility for the harassment in any way. Share your feelings and take care of yourself right now.

Seek professional help – talk to a therapist, counselor, or someone you trust.

The first and most important thing to do if you are a victim of sexual harassment is to reach out for help. Talk with someone who can help provide the support, validation, empowerment, or resources that you need during this challenging time in your life. This may include talking with a therapist, counselor, friend, family member, or other trusted person.

Sexual assault can be an incredibly traumatizing experience that requires professional counseling through individual sessions or group work if the number of victims exceeds one person’s capacity to handle it alone. If you are a victim of sexual harassment, there is hope. Talk to someone about how the experience has impacted your life and what steps can be taken next – it’s ok!

Find support groups for people who have been sexually harassed and assaulted.

There are support groups for those who have been sexually harassed. This is a great way to find solace and potentially heal from the trauma that has occurred in one’s life and share their experience with others so they can feel less alone during this difficult time.

There exist safe spaces where sexual harassment victims or survivors, like me! Can go to make sense of what happened, get some advice about how best handle it going forward; be reminded there are other people out there just like them: living through similar experiences trying not only survive but thrive too- all while feeling supported by fellow sufferers/survivors.

You are not alone. Unfortunately, many people have been assaulted too, so there are many support groups that you can find and join. It should be noted that these groups are not just for people who have been sexually assaulted; they’re also for those who want to talk with others about what happened so that they don’t feel alone in their struggles. Most victims would only open up to those who have been victims as well; they are not comfortable talking to someone who did not go through the same because they think they won’t understand.

Take care of yourself by eating well, exercising regularly, and getting enough sleep.

It’s essential to take care of yourself after being sexually assaulted. This will help you recover from the attack and come back stronger than before!

After an assault, you must do your best to stay healthy not to get sick or injured any more than necessary. The things that can be difficult for people who have been through a traumatic event are sleep deprivation, fearfulness in all social settings (even with friends), depression/anxiety-related symptoms such as obsessive thoughts about what happened during the rape or PTSD nightmares – these may make it hard to focus on anything else but getting better day by day which makes eating well nearly impossible at some point because we’re just too exhausted mentally and physically from trying so damn hard every single hour.

Find hobbies that distract you from the event(s) and allow you to be creative in your way.

As a victim of sexual assault, it can be challenging to find the ability to engage in creative pursuits. If you have been sexually assaulted and are looking for new ways to help with your healing process or self-care, consider some mild hobbies like coloring books, arts & crafts projects, puzzles, board games, or cooking/baking recipes from scratch. These activities will allow you time away from what happened and the opportunity to do something constructive while doing so! Be with your family and trusted friends at this time.

It’d be best if you spend sufficient time to research and review all things leisure, discover various ways to have fun and keep yourself entertained. You can try several games, such as hockey which is a fun game to play with the whole family. That way, you also increase your bonding with them so they can help you heal.

Many people who experience traumatic events such as sexual violence may struggle with finding any way they feel productive because anything outside their routine feels too hard after one falls into depression. In order not to let yourself go stagnant when faced with this challenge, try being more active.


The trauma of sexual harassment may not be the only thing holding you back from moving on. You have to do something about your feelings, and that means taking action. When you take steps towards healing, it’s easier to move forward in life without feeling stuck or stagnant. We know how hard it is when nothing seems possible, but we also know there are solutions out there for every problem if people ask for help!