An undergraduate student tells of how a lecturer she worked for harassed her via social media

When I was an undergraduate student I worked for a research group run by a lecturer. I bumped into him once at the gym and he then sent a message via social media which said: “Well, you don’t have to worry about looking fat with tits like yours.” I was fucking distraught. I was 19. You start questioning why you’ve been hired and whether you’re actually any good at what you’re doing.

The next morning I went straight to the student advice and wellbeing service and showed them the text. I was expecting them to take that very seriously. But they advised me to drop it because if I took it further he would probably get fired and I would lose my job. There was no mention of how to make a complaint. All they did was say they would keep it on file in case he fired me.

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