Sexual Harassment Prevention
Sexual harassment can manifest in various ways, often causing stress, distress, and confusion. As explained on the website of the Association of Rape Crisis Centers in Israel: "Sexual assault is sexual behavior or a sexual act forced upon a person or child without their consent, against their free will and volition. Alternatively, when the behavior/act takes advantage of power inequalities, weakness, or age or vulnerability in a way that destroys the victim's ability to provide consent freely. Sexual assault can be committed by an adult or minor. Sexual assault is an act of violence that the attacker uses against someone they perceive as less powerful than them. The assault does not come from an uncontrollable sex drive, but rather it is a crime committed deliberately with the goal of controlling and humiliating the victim."
Even if you are not sure whether you have been sexually harassed, you can contact the helpline of the Association of Rape Crisis Centers in Israel, which operates 24/7.
You can also contact the Commission for the Prevention of Sexual Harassment at Tel Aviv University for advice.
Please note that in the event that the Commission is under the impression that sexual harassment has occurred, but you do not want to file a complaint, they are required by law to act and investigate the case of harassment, even if you did not file a complaint.
You have several options if you have experienced sexual harassment: you can choose to contact the police, file a civil compensation claim at the Labor Court, or file a complaint with the Commission for the Prevention of Sexual Harassment at the University. You can pursue any or all of these options simultaneously.
It's important to know that the Association of Rape Crisis Centers in Israel provides long-term support and assistance to victims, including help navigating available services and physical accompaniment to appointments with different institutions and authorities.
In addition, the Committee for Prevention of Sexual and Gender Harassment and the Academia for Equality offer support both on and off-campus, including assistance with work or studies at Tel Aviv University in the aftermath of sexual harassment.
You can contact us at the organization - the organization works to the best of its ability to support you and can provide legal advice and support in interaction with university institutions.
Information on reaching out to the Commission for the Prevention of Sexual Harassment at Tel Aviv University
The commissioner must inform you about your rights during the inquiry procedure and the steps involved in the inquiry procedure.
It’s important you know! The commissioner is authorized to deal exclusively with cases of sexual harassment: complaints about sexual assault go to the police.
Prof. Tamar Brosh, Dr. Naama Scheftelowitz
Coordinating Commissioners for the Prevention of Sexual Harassment
Kalma - Community for Prevention of Sexual and Gender Harrasment at Tel Aviv University
Contact person: Yasmin Segol, [email protected]
Academia for Equality sexual harassment prevention team
Contact person: Outi Bat-El, [email protected]
The Association of Rape Crisis Centers in Israel
Questions and answers about the sexual harassment handling procedure on the website of the Commission for the Prevention of Sexual Harassment at Tel Aviv University.