Sexual Harassment (SCENARIOS)


Audience

Adults

Time

30-45 minutes
Description

These scenarios deal with sexual harassment issues and can be used in several ways.

o  You can have participants try to decide if the scenario is actually sexual harassment or not. (For those that are not sexual harassment, they can discuss what change in the scenario would make them sexual harassment.)

o  You can have participants decide if the scenario is more Quid Pro Quo Harassment or more Hostile Work Environment Harassment (if you do this, you will need to share the definitions, which can be found at www.teachingthem.com on the Lesson and Material Downloads page in the PowerPoint file entitled, “Sexual Harassment – All Definitions.”)

o  You can have participants role-play the situations.

o  You can have participants discuss what the recipient of the unwelcome attention should do next.

Scriptures

o   N/A

Materials

o  “Sexual Harassment Scenario Cards” (a file that you can download at www.teachingthem.com on the Lesson and Material Downloads page) – you will need one set of cards per group

o  Scissors or other cutting tool to cut out the cards

o  “Sexual Harassment – All Definitions” (if you want to teach about the definitions of Sexual Harassment, Quid Pro Quo and Hostile Work Environment – you can find this file at www.teachingthem.com on the Lesson and Material Downloads page)

o  Computer, projector and screen (if you use the PowerPoint Slides)

Preparation

o  Review the scenarios and delete or pull out any that you don’t want to address.

o  Print the scenario cards (1 per group)

o  Cut out the cards

o  Practice the script.

Procedure

Use the following script (or modify to suit your needs):

  • “We’re going to do an activity that will help you contextualize what you have been learning about sexual harassment.”
  • “I’m giving each group a set of scenario cards.” (Pass out scenario cards.)
  • “On them, there are different situations – some are sexual harassment and some are not.”
  • “What I want your group to do is…”  (At this point you will give them different instructions based on what you want them to do.  They can do one of the following or a combination of more than one.

o   Try to decide if the scenario is actually sexual harassment or not. For those that are not sexual harassment, discuss what change in the scenario would make it sexual harassment.

o   Decide if the scenario is more Quid Pro Quo Harassment or more Hostile Work Environment Harassment (if you do this, you will need to share the definitions, which can be found at www.teachingthem.com on the Lesson and Material Downloads page in the PowerPoint file entitled, “Sexual Harassment – All Definitions.”)

o   Role-play the situations.

o   Discuss what the recipient of the unwelcome attention should do next.

  • (Allow groups to go through the activity for 20-30 minutes.  Then debrief by asking the following questions.)

Debrief Questions

1.     What is your reaction to the activity?  Or How do you feel about what you’ve been doing/learning?

2.     What did you learn about sexual harassment?

3.     How will this impact how you relate to your coworkers in the future?

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2 Comments

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2 responses to “Sexual Harassment (SCENARIOS)

  1. Glenn Robbins

    do you have the reccomended responses to the scenerios? they are very good scenerios. thank you for sharing them.

    • Hi, Glenn…I’m sorry, but i don’t have any recommended responses prepared. I think in many of the situations, there could be more than one right answer, so I didn’t want to limit the participants’ thinking. It might be helpful to give participants some guiding principles that would help them come up with their own strategies for how to deal with each situation.

      For example, “Avoid saying or doing anything that would make your coworkers uncomfortable.” Or, “When you feel uncomfortable about what others are saying or doing, politely tell them that it makes you uncomfortable.”

      You might want to let the participants come up with their own list of guidelines after they have worked with the scenarios some.

      Sorry not to be more help. I hope you can still use them.

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