No Means No: Anti-Harassment Training for the Workplace and Beyond 


Sherry Marts gave a terrific, engaging, and extremely important workshop on how to recognize and how to respond to harassment - in the workplace, but also when you’re working away from home, i.e. at a meeting or conference. Her confident, yet accessible presentation resonated with everyone in attendance. We walked away feeling like we’d both found our inner voices and had become empowered to use them.
— Susan Perkins, Ph.D., Curator & Professor, American Museum of Natural History

IMPORTANT NOTE: These workshops will NOT cover the legal and procedural aspects of sexual harassment as workplace discrimination. It is intended to serve as a complement to such training.

Despite employers’ best efforts, sexual and gender-based harassment still occurs in most workplaces, resulting in decreased morale and productivity. Even the best policies and procedures don’t address the sense of vulnerability and stress experienced by the targets of harassment. Training in how to respond assertively to harassment offers relief from that stress. 

Learn How to Handle Harassers in the Moment

This workshop covers what to do in the moment when you are the target of sexual and gender-based harassment, and how to make it clear when attention or advances are unwanted.

Participants actively learn and practice responding in variety of harassment scenarios. The methods to be taught are based on experience and research emerging from women’s self-defense instruction since the 1970’s, and will emphasize straightforward, practical techniques that can be learned and practiced by anyone. Topics may include:

  • When and where to confront harassers
  • How to recognize and respond to resistance testing
  • Simple, clear and direct communication methods that work
  • How to use your voice to command attention
  • Stop being nice: the opposite of nice is not nasty
  • Importance of body language, tone of voice, choice of words
  • Subtle ways to avoid unwanted touch
  • The big squeeze: How to shake hands without pain

Throughout the workshop I will invite attendees to talk about their own experiences, or those they have witnessed and heard about. We will use those experiences to create practice scenarios for the participants.

Training for Allies: How to Spot and Stop Harassment

This workshop covers how to recognize microaggressions and  harassment, and how to respond and intervene safely and effectively. Participants actively learn and practice responding in variety of scenarios.

Topics may include:

  • What are microaggressions?
  • Is what I'm seeing really harassment?
  • Why do harassers harass?
  • How to intervened in a harassment situation without escalating
  • How to advocate for anti-harassment policies and effective enforcement procedures