Harassment may be particularly difficult to identify overseas where cultural norms are often different than in the U.S. But being culturally sensitive does not mean that you need to submit to behaviors that invade your personal boundaries or make you feel unsafe or uncomfortable. Educating yourself about sexual harassment, violence, and gender dynamics in your host country can empower you and your friends to make safer choices.
- Talk with your host family, your program and local students to understand cultural differences better.
- Balance independence with safety to avoid potentially dangerous situations, especially when alone or at night.
- Trust your instincts: if something doesn’t feel right, it most likely isn’t.
- Research your host country’s culture using the resources on the Learning about your Destination page.
- Review A Guide for Traveling and other resources on Yale’s Sexual Harassment and Assault Response & Education (SHARE) Center website.
If you feel you have been harassed, or if you are sexually assaulted while abroad, the following resources are available to help:
- Your in-country program: it is most likely to have the cultural knowledge and legal next steps for the host country.
- Yale’s Sexual Harassment and Assault Response & Education (SHARE) Center, 1-203-432-2000: confidential counselors are available 24/7.
- Title IX Coordinator for Yale College: Angela Gleason, 1-203-432-2502.
- International SOS: call collect 1-215-942-8478.
- Yale Security: 1-203-785-5555.
- Your program directors at Yale.