What harassment dose to a person

Harassment is something that I believe isn’t taken as seriously as it should be. I’m not sure why it’s the case. Is it because people don’t see it as life-threatening enough? Or is there better things to do with their time? I’m not sure. Either way, I’m not going to pass the blame around but I do want to explain why harassment needs to be taken more seriously.
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First of all, let me make it clear to those that may not know or fully understand what harassment really is. There are different types that can happen such as sexual or bullying. It can be aggressive or intimation towards someone. It's a constant contact with someone that does not wish to have that contact, therefore, making it harassment.

As you can tell it is a serious matter that can affect someone in a lot of ways. Here is a list of ways it can effect a person no matter how big/small the harassment may seem.
  • Mental health 
  • Physical health 
  • Safety 
  • Emotions 
  • Make them feel small
  • Make them feel unloved
  • Insolated 
  • Soaficated 
These are just to name a few. A lot of people experience all of these things, some maybe only experience one. Neither of them are pleasant. No one deserves to experience any of them. We all want to feel safe and be happy. We don’t always have the choice, because we can’t choose what others say or do it makes it harder for us to escape from the horrible things that are happening to us.

If you know someone that has either been through this or is going through it then what they need to for you to be there when they need it. Maybe be a shoulder to cry on. Listen to how they are feeling, truly listen and take it in. Share funny stories and memories with them. Make them laugh. Most importantly make them feel loved. Make them feel like they aren’t alone and that you will be by their side every step of the way. It's important that they not only have the support from the people they love but specialists. People that can teach them ways to cope and deal with the situation in a healthy way. 

Being in someone’s life that is experiencing harassment can be hard on yourself too. So make sure you look after yourself. Don’t take on more than you can cope. Make sure you have someone you can talk to. Even though you're not experiencing it yourself it can still affect you. If you're finding it too much, make sure you know when you need to take yourself away from the situation. 
Harassment affects half of the women in the UK alone and that isn't including men. It doesn’t stop at the person being harassed. Loved ones can hurt just as much. Let’s all be mindful about think about others and what they might be going through. 


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