When sexual harassment happens to you


This could be:

  • A friend 
  • A colleague you trust 
  • A union rep or a manager 
  • Find an Ally


You don’t have to wait for something to happen. If you know there is a scenario coming up where you will feel uncomfortable, talk to someone about your concerns in advance. 


“I am worried about an event next week, as someone is coming who makes me feel uncomfortable – can you help me navigate the situation?” 


If you feel able and it’s safe, you should ask the harasser to stop or change their behaviour.  

Ask an ally to be a witness before approaching your harasser.

Be specific about what behaviour is upsetting you.

Be clear you want the behaviour to stop. 



“Could you stop touching my back”

“I feel uncomfortable when you do XXX, don’t do it again”

“I find the comments you make about my body offensive and degrading. I’m asking you to stop doing it”


Note incidents, dates, witnesses, impact on you and any action you take* 

Keep copies of any messages the harasser sends you and screenshot any online incidents.

* If you go to your GP, a counsellor or another service because of the harassment then make a note of this too. 


Read the company policy on sexual harassment or bullying and harassment.

This might be in the company handbook – you may need to ask your line manager, the producer or stage manager for a copy. If the organisation runs a Guardian scheme you can approach them.

You can choose to make an informal or formal complaint. To do this, follow the company grievance procedure.

Some small theatre companies may not have a grievance procedure in place. In this case, you can consult the ACAS (Advisory, Conciliation and Arbitration Service) grievance procedure.


Dissatisfied with the outcome of your complaint?

  • Consider reporting the issue to the board
  • Consider appealing the decision
  • Seek advice from an external agency (ACAS, Scottish Women’s Rights Centre)


Seek support, advice and information at any point (Equity, BECTU, Scottish Women’s Rights Centre, Citizens Advice, ACAS, Rape Crisis Scotland).

Remember the impact of sexual harassment does not end when the harassment ends. You may need to seek support in the future too.

You deserve support.

Visit our Sexual Harassment – Further Support page for more details.