Resources for victims of sexual harassment in the workplace
Over the past few years, reports of discrimination, harassment, abuse and misconduct have emerged repeatedly across the industry, most recently highlighted by the Activision Blizzard lawsuit.
Whenever such a story emerges, victims come forward and share their own stories, sometimes for the first time.
It can be extremely difficult to know where to find the right support as a victim of sexual harassment, especially when your business is not providing the right response. So here is a list of resources that hopefully can give victims the tools they need to get mental health support, seek help, and seek action if they want.
This guide is published today with an interview with Jae Lin, director of the online gambling and harassment hotline. When asked how victims can seek help, they recognize that everyone’s needs will be different.
“If you don’t want to report, that’s okay. You can define what justice means to you.”
Jae Lin, Hotline for Online Gambling and Harassment
“If you don’t want to report, that’s okay,” they say. “You can define what justice means to you. Maybe you want to talk to your coworkers, but don’t want to make a formal complaint to HR. Maybe you want to tell someone about it anonymously, like contacting a hotline, to find a safe space where you can share what happened without worrying about it being connected to communities, industries or businesses that you could be a part of. It’s completely contained, and you can speak openly to someone who listens and believes you.
“There is a lot that other survivors can do to stick together. Harness your innate resilience. By that, I don’t mean, “Have tougher skin, be brave, get through it, be tough” – I mean beyond that, connect with that innate feeling of feeling alive and feeling. resilient. It’s something we all have inside of us, resilience isn’t something external, it’s not armor that we put on. Everyone’s healing path is different, whether it’s therapy, art, or whatever. It’s another journey to go on. “
You can read our full interview with Jae Lin here, which includes a wealth of tips on eradicating toxicity from the workplace.
This page will be continually updated as new resources come to our attention. If you would like to recommend something to include in this list, please send an email to [email protected].
(The following resources are listed in alphabetical order)
The Advisory, Conciliation and Arbitration Service is a UK public body which provides advice on ‘rights, rules and best practices in the workplace’. He has a page dedicated to sexual harassment, and a helpline that you can call from Monday to Friday from 8 am to 6 pm on 0300 123 1100. For legal advice in particular, ACAS recommends contacting Law Work, a charity dedicated to providing free legal advice. LawWorks itself also has resources related to sexual harassment and workplace issues.
Bectu is a UK based union for workers in the creative and entertainment industries. Its website offers some sexual harassment resources, as well as confidential support for victims.
Citizens Advice is a UK network of independent charities providing confidential advice on a wide variety of topics, including workplace issues. Its website is packed with in-depth resources, including pages on discrimination based on sex or sexual orientation, sexual harassment and what if you are harassed or bullied at work.
If you are being discriminated against, Citizens Advice suggests that you call the Equality Advisory Support Service, on 0808 800 0082, Monday to Friday 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Saturday 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
To find the nearest citizens’ council and other contact options, you can go on this page.
Crash Override is an emergency hotline established in 2015 by Zoe Quinn and Alex Lifschitz. It mainly focuses on online harassment, but its resource center has loads of helpful links including how to talk to law enforcement and a guide to removing non-consensual intimate images from the internet.
This service provides access to a crisis counselor by SMS. It is available in a variety of countries. All you need to do is send the word HOME to one of the following numbers:
- 741741 for the United States and Canada
- 741741 for Canada
- 50808 for Ireland
For UK, text SHOUT to 85258 (To cry out is a subsidiary of Crisis Text Line in the UK).
Created by game critic Anita Sarkeesian, the Gambling and Online Harassment Helpline is a free, text-based, confidential helpline created especially for victims of in-game harassment. It is a service only in the United States and operates Monday through Friday from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. PT. Anyone needing assistance can contact us by sending SUPPORT to 23368.
Read our interview with Hotline Director Jae Lin here if you need more advice on eradicating toxicity from the workplace.
Game Workers Unite is a labor rights group that seeks to organize the games industry. Its resource page includes a section dedicated to harassment and discrimination, which also describes actions employees can take.
Members of the Toronto branch of Game Workers Unite have created a page on the theme of the fight against harassment in the work of games. The page includes emergency contacts and links to know your rights and understand the law on abuse in the workplace, among other essential information.
In the United States, Game Workers Unite has partnered with Communication Workers of America to call on video game workers to unionize with the Campaign to organize digital employees.
This Washington-based nonprofit provides legal aid on a variety of topics, including sexual harassment at work. He helped create the Legal Network for Gender Equity and the Time’s Up Legal Defense Fund, which connects people facing sexual harassment and / or gender discrimination with lawyers. You can find out more about how it works on this page.
Pixall was launched earlier this year with the aim of listing organizations, articles, videos and conferences that offer advice on diversity, inclusiveness and accessibility.
The National Rape, Abuse & Incest Network is the largest anti-sexual assault organization in the United States. The non-profit organization offers many resources for victims and has a page dedicated to sexual harassment and what it looks like. To learn more about the law and workers’ rights, RAINN invites people to visit the website of the Commission for Equal Employment Opportunities. You can also call the National Sexual Assault Hotline at 800-656-4673 to speak to someone who can help you.
The non-profit organization Rights of Women provides free legal advice to women victims of sexual harassment at work, in England and Wales. You can call 020 7490 0152, the service is open Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. and from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Feminist Frequency Speak Up & Stay Safe (r): A Guide to Protecting Yourself from Online Harassment is a great resource for understanding online abuse and how to defend yourself against it. It was created by Jaclyn Friedman, Anita Sarkeesian and Renee Bracey Sherman.
- Suicide prevention services
There are a number of suicide prevention services available depending on the country you live in, available 24/7. Here we are focusing on the English speaking markets where our readers come from, but for more countries Wikipedia has a list of suicide hotlines which is regularly updated.
In the United States, you can call National lifeline for suicide prevention at 1-800-273-8255. In the UK and Ireland you can call Samaritans at 116 123. In Canada, you can call Canadian Suicide Prevention Service at 1-833-456-4566. In Australia you can call Safety rope by dialing 13 11 14. In New Zealand, Aotearoa lifelineThe helpline can be reached on 0800 543 354. In Singapore, the Singapore Samaritans can be reached at 1-767.
The Take This advocacy organization specializes in supporting mental health in the community and the gaming industry. His resource page is a real gold mine – you will find advice, guidance and support on a variety of topics as well as directories of helplines and therapists.
The Uplift support and education resource was established in 2014 and aims to “address the complexities that our virtual world adds to cases of sexual and emotional abuse, particularly within highly connected online communities.” His resource page includes a multitude of guides on the themes of consent and support for victims, among others.
Uplift also has a 27-episode video series called Engage by Uplift, which covers important topics. Episode 1 how to get help physically, emotionally and legally, for example. Engage by Uplift also publishes discussion panels on the same topics – it currently has 24 episodes.