A Sexual Harassment Cell (SHC), also known as a Gender Sensitization Committee Against Sexual Harassment (GSCASH) or similar titles, is a crucial entity within a college campus dedicated to addressing and preventing incidents of sexual harassment. Here’s an overview of its functions and activities:
The SHC ensures the implementation of the college’s sexual harassment policy, which includes guidelines on defining sexual harassment, reporting procedures, and disciplinary actions against perpetrators.
Awareness and Training:
It conducts awareness campaigns, workshops, and training sessions to educate students, faculty, and staff about what constitutes sexual harassment, its impact, and the importance of creating a safe and respectful environment.
The SHC receives complaints of sexual harassment, whether verbal, physical, or visual, and provides a safe and confidential space for complainants to report incidents. It ensures that complaints are investigated promptly, impartially, and in accordance with due process.
The SHC provides support and assistance to survivors of sexual harassment, including access to counseling, legal advice, medical services, and other forms of support as needed. It ensures that survivors are treated with sensitivity, respect, and confidentiality.
It takes proactive measures to prevent sexual harassment by promoting a culture of respect, consent, and gender equality within the college community. This may include organizing awareness campaigns, bystander intervention programs, and promoting healthy relationships.