We empower the victim by giving the information that they are not alone so they can gather strength to take action.
The editor-in-chief introduced me, and as I put my hand out for a handshake, the CEO reached out and grabbed my breast. No one said anything. No one even flinched.
Instances is a secured tool collecting data about incidents of sexual harassment in the workplace and identifying repeat harassers. Instances notifies victims when other people have reported the same alleged harasser if - and only if - a minimum of three different victims have reported the same alleged harasser. When an harasser is reported multiple times, we notify those who have posted complaints against this harasser, letting them know they are not alone and providing them support to take action.
Instances only notifies about the fact there are other occurrences. We do not disclose any names - or any victim’s identity. The privacy of the reporter is confidential and protected at all times. The name of the alleged harasser remains anonymous to all parties.
The more reports we get, the stronger we will be. Any type of incidents are important to help identify repeat perpetrators. You’re not alone and together we can stop repeat perpetrators and make work a better place.
We don’t request any information on your identity. We secure the data about you and your alleged perpetrator. We are aware of the sensitivity of the information we gather and have a strong commitment to security. We ask for your phone number or email address so you can be notified if we detect more than three cases of the same harasser. You can use a fake phone number if you don’t want us to contact you in case of a notification.
If authorised by the reporter, testimonial may be used to raise awareness about sexual harassment at work. Anonymous testimonials might help other victims as well as potential observers, victims - and even harassers - to better understand what sexual harassment is and looks like. We believe raising awareness is a crucial step towards holding people accountable.
Your email / phone number is going to be used if / when we identify at least 3 incidents reporting the same harasser. It is the only way we can contact you when we identify the occurrences.
We will notify the victim when the same alleged perpetrator has been reported three times or more. You will be notified by text or by email. You don’t have to put a phone number if you don’t want to be notified.
We empower you by giving you the information that you might not be alone but we cannot take actions for you. Reporting sexual assault or sexual harassment will not change the past, but for some, a report can help seek justice and support the healing process. Remember, you have options. The only person’s opinion that matters in how your move forward, is your own.
You may wonder how to recover and/ or how to report to authorities what happened to you. You will find information in the below Resources Section.
We do not report the incident or alleged perpetrator to the police. We notify victims when the same alleged perpetrator is listed several times. We let individuals decide what to do with this information and decide if they want to go to the police or to their employer. We redirect victims to support organizations that can help them with the process and with the questions they may have regarding filing a report to the police or to their employer.
Instances is a private initiative with a charitable mission. It was founded by a group of men and women living in San Francisco Bay Area. Our mission is to empower victims of work-related sexual harassment by providing information on repeat harassers. Instances is not related to the government or to police authorities.
Our goal to combat work-related sexual harassment is based on 3 core values:
- SECURITY: by ensuring anonymity and data safety, we want to make sure that the victim's’ security is our main concern. Our tool has been designed to make sure that all collected data are safe and protected. We collect data securely and protect them safely to be able to identify occurrences of the same alleged harasser.
- ETHICS: We do not publish or disclose any information on alleged harassers .We do not want to contribute to any public shaming or witch hunting activities. We do not disclose or publish any of the reported information. We do not sell or share any data to any third party. Our tool only aims at empowering victims and at supporting them.
- FREE WILL: We do not take legal action on behalf of the victims. We empower victims by providing a piece of information but we cannot take actions for you. Reporting sexual assault or sexual harassment will not change the past, but for some, a report can help seek justice and support the healing process. Victims have options. The only person’s opinion that matters in how to move forward, is the victim’s opinion.
Generally, “sexual harassment” describes unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, or other verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature. In the United States of America, sexual harassment is a form of sex discrimination. Sexual harassment is different from sexual assault, which is a crime. Although an individual can sue after being sexually harassed, sexual harassment is not a crime. But, if it involves unwanted touching, physical intimidation, or even some extreme forms of coercion, it can quickly turn into sexual assault. Our solution is not limited to sexual harassment reports. Sexual assaults, and sexual violence more broadly, can also be reported on this website.
What constitutes sexual harassment can vary depending on the situation and people involved. It might include behaviors like unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, direct or indirect threats or bribes for sexual activity, sexual innuendos and comments, sexually suggestive jokes, unwelcome touching or brushing against a person, pervasive displays of materials with sexually illicit or graphic content, and attempted or completed sexual assault. Our solution is not limited to sexual harassment reports. Sexual assaults, and sexual violence more broadly, can also be reported on this website.
Anyone, male, female or nonbinary, can be a victim of sexual harassment. Sexual harassment is not limited by gender. The victim or the harasser may be a woman or a man, and her or his victim does not have to be of the opposite sex — a man might harass another man, and a woman might harass another woman.
Additionally, harassers are not always direct supervisors. Behavior may still constitute sexual harassment even if the harasser is a co-worker, a supervisor in another area, or even a person not employed in the victim’s workplace. In fact, a victim of sexual harassment does not necessarily have to be the person directly being harassed; the victim could be an employee who is indirectly but negatively affected by the offensive conduct.
There are resources available for you. You are not alone. In an emergency, call 911.
Recovering from sexual assault and sexual harassment:
RAINN: The Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network (RAINN) is an the largest American anti-sexual assault organization. RAINN partners with more than 1,000 local sexual assault service providers across the country that can provide support in your local community. Calling their National Sexual Assault Hotline (which is free and confidential) gives you access to a range of free services including:
Reporting to authorities:
RAINN: See above.
EEOC: The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) is a federal agency that administers and enforces civil rights laws against workplace discrimination. The EEOC is the federal agency in charge of enforcing anti-discrimination laws, including sexual harassment law.