UW-Madison takes sexual harassment and sexual assault very seriously. If you experience behavior that feels threatening or uncomfortable, notify on-site staff and/or IAP staff immediately. If you are the victim of sexual harassment or sexual assault, seek safety first and tell on-site staff and/or IAP staff so we can help you understand your options and support available. Study abroad staff and UW-Madison are available to assist you. University Health Services has a variety of online resources.
Unfortunately, cat-calling and other forms of street harassment are prevalent in certain areas of the world. Move assertively when traveling in and around your new city. Do not engage with cat-callers, and seek help if you feel threatened. If possible, connect with a past student of your program before you go, talk to your local friends, or consult with on-site program staff, about strategies to employ when you’re exploring your new environment.
UW-Madison study abroad staff and Program Leaders are not confidential resources. In compliance with State and Federal law, UW-Madison study abroad staff and Program Leaders notified of sexual assault or harassment incidents are required to inform UW-Madison’s Title IX Coordinator to ensure that appropriate resources and help is provided.