FRONT ROYAL WOMEN’S RESOURCE CENTER AND ROYAL OAK BOOKSHOP co-sponsor donations to Samuels Public Library that are by or about women. This book is now available to be checked out.
Back Off! is the first book to focus on the direct-action tactics that work and the first to deal with harassment everywhere it takes place, in both blue-collar and white-collar jobs, at school, on the street, on public transportation, in the park, even in church. Filled with real-life success stories from those who have stopped harassers cold, we hear from a ten-year-old who confronted and escaped a child molester, two women who stood up to their landlord and stopped him from harassing tenants, an eight-year-old who successfully challenged two young harassers on the playground, an organized group of fifty women who confronted a dockworker in response to an attempted rape on the job.
For men who want to move beyond a harassment-free environment to create truly nonsexist social and working relationships, there is a list of twenty standard dominance behaviors to recognize and challenge—power moves that drive women up the wall whenever they are applied as part of a consistent, sexist pattern.
Bask Off! examines the dynamics of sex and power in sexual harassment, the motives behind harassers’ actions, and why traditional responses such as appeasement or aggression don’t work, and describes the successful resistance strategies that can be used—including nonviolent personal confrontation techniques, group confrontations, administrative remedies, and formal lawsuits.
Martha Langelan is past president of the D.C. Rape Crisis Center. In addition to self-defense and harassment-confrontation classes for women, she conducts the Rape Crisis Center’s seminars on sexual harassment.