DRAW THE LINE

Engaging Ontarians in a dialogue about sexual violence.

Boss at my co-op placement is always making comments about my dress

Should I just ignore it?

Why Draw the Line

Everyone has a right to work in a healthy, safe, respectful and equal environment, and be free of harassment. Employers must prevent or stop harassment in the workplace, and this includes within a co-op environment.

When to Draw the Line

Any unwanted comment or joke, attention, or conduct of a sexual nature in the workplace is considered sexual harassment and is against the law.

How to Draw the Line

There is always more than one option for a bystander. Take a stand and do something you feel comfortable with. You can:

  • Check in with your friend: "Are you ok? Let's talk to someone."
  • Support and believe: Listen to their experience.
  • Report it: Tell someone you trust – the co-op teacher, a teacher, a principal, a parent/caregiver or elder.

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