VHA Assault and Harassment Prevention Office
Training for Bystanders
Take free, online training today to have the tools you need to respond if you witness harassment, sexual harassment, or sexual assault.
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A Message from Leadership
Lelia Jackson, Director of the Assault and Harassment Prevention Office, underscores VA’s stance against harassment and sexual assault.
Welcome to the VHA Assault and Harassment Prevention Office
The VHA Assault and Harassment Prevention Office supports the Department of Veterans Affairs’ (VA’s) commitment to providing a safe, welcoming, and professional environment for all employees, Veterans, volunteers, and visitors. Harassment or sexual assault will not be tolerated at any VA facility. All who visit a VA campus should expect to be treated with respect. Likewise, we also expect all who enter a VA facility to treat others with respect.
If you experience or witness inappropriate behavior taking place at a VA facility, report it to the VA Police immediately. All reports of harassment and sexual assault will be investigated.
Gauging Harmful Behavior
It is important to be able to gauge harmful behavior. Select the image below to see how unacceptable behavior can escalate to sexual harassment or even sexual assault.
What is sexual harassment?
Sexual harassment involves unsolicited verbal or physical contact of a sexual nature including but not limited to sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and other unwelcome gestures.
Check out our #HarassmentFree VA video clip (2.40 minutes) to learn more.
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Who do I contact if I am sexually harassed or assaulted a VA medical facility?
Report it immediately to one of the facility’s:
- VA Police
- Patient Advocate
- Your Primary Care Provider