VHA Assault and Harassment Prevention Office
VA's Anti-Harassment and Anti-Sexual Assault Policy
VA is committed to a culture where everyone is treated with civility, compassion, and respect. Everyone should feel welcome and safe when doing business with VA.
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It’s not a compliment. It is harassment.
VA will not tolerate harassment or assault of any kind. Harassment is any unwelcome conduct that creates an intimidating, hostile, or offensive environment.
At VA, we take all reports of harassment and sexual assault seriously, and we will investigate and take appropriate action.
Find more information about VA’s anti-harassment/anti-sexual assault policy in a letter from VA’s Secretary and in related educational material:
Sexual harassment is unsolicited verbal or physical contact of a sexual nature which is threatening in character.
- Intentional body exposure
- “HEY BABY”
- Flirting/pressure for sex
- Emails, texts, graphics
Sexual assault is any type of unwelcome touch that is without the explicit consent of the recipient of the unwanted sexual activity.
- Grabbing, hugging
- Brushing/rubbing against
Report Harassment and Sexual Assault
If you experience or witness harassment or sexual assault at a VA medical facility, contact:
- VA Police
- Patient Advocate
- Your Primary Care Provider