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What is Times Up, Bears? 

UHS Health Workers Program (HWP) launched the Times Up, Bears campaign in 2018 to help stimulate positive culture change and foster a campus environment free of sexual, dating, and domestic violence as well as sexual harassment and/or stalking.

What is sexual harassment? 

Sexual harassment is any unwelcome sexual advance, request for sexual favor, verbal, non-verbal, or physical contact of a sexual nature. 

How to talk to someone who sexually harasses others:

  • Step 1: Decide - It’s okay to feel uncomfortable or awkward when you think of bringing sexual harassment up. Our relationships can likely handle it! Talking directly is the most effective action we can take. If they don’t make changes or aren’t receptive, we’ve “planted seeds” for change.
  • Step 2: Prepare - Use resources to clarify the best approach for the situation - and get the support needed for ourselves. Check-in with the person who was targeted to make sure they’re okay with our approaching the person who harassed them. 
  • Step 3: Dialogue - Arrange to talk to the person who harassed others in private - one-on-one. Allow enough time and bring resources. Ask permission to discuss a concerning incident/behavior. Briefly express what you’ve seen and its impact.  Listen to their experience and perspective; Stay calm; Don’t argue or try to convince them. You don’t need to reach an agreement. 
  • Step 4: Share Resources - Offer and encourage them to use key resources for learning and talking more about sexual harassment prevention. Encourage them. Help them make calls or appointments. Thank them for their time.  Appreciate their being open to discussing the concern and hearing about resources.

Become familiar with campus resources 

Addressing our own or another’s sexual harassment may be a new and/or difficult step to take. We all improve with practice! These resources can help.

  • UHS Social Services - UHS Social Services counselors are trained to help people who sexually harass others understand their actions and impact, experience their emotions, and receive education and support as they do. They also support bystanders and people who’ve been harassed.
  • Path to Care - Path to Care advocates offer affirming, empowering, and confidential support for survivors. They also support bystanders in deciding how to address incidents and behaviors they’ve seen or been impacted by.

For more information, please contact the UHS Health Promotion Department: 

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