Harassment and Mental Health



General definition of harassment: Aggressive pressure or intimidation

Reason vary as to why most people don’t say anything about being harassed, usually they’re afraid of retaliation. The bible makes reference to the terms ‘harass’ and ‘harassing’ but most frequently the term ‘hurtful scheme’ is used to denote harassment.

The impact on an individual’s mental health can be devastating and paralyzing to their natural alertness. i.e.;

Denial, confusion, self-doubt, frustration, guilt, embarrassment, self-blame

Apprehension, fear, anxiety about safety self/others/pets

Isolated, helpless, panic attacks, agoraphobia

Depression and stress (or symptoms related to those conditions)

Poor concentration, memory

Suicidal or homicidal thoughts

Hyper vigilance, easily frightened, foreboding

Changes in personality e.g. withdrawn, angry, irritable, short tempered

PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder)


Luke 3:14

Do not harass anybody or accuse anybody falsely. You should be satisfied with your provisions.

Here is a list of a few types of harassment:

Race, Religion, Sex, and National Origin

Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 prohibits harassment on the basis of race, religion, sex, and national origin.


A federal court in Indiana has held that harassment on the basis of age is unlawful under the Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA).


This same federal court in Indiana held that harassment on the basis of disability was prohibited under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).

1 Thessalonians 4:3-8

It is God’s will that you should be sanctified: that you should avoid sexual immorality. Each of you should learn to control your own body in a way that is holy and honorable. Not in passionate lust like the pagans, who do not know God; and that in this matter no one should wrong or take advantage of a brother or sister. The Lord will punish all those who commit such sins. As we told you and warned you before. For God did not call us to be impure. But to live a holy life. Therefore, anyone who rejects this instruction does not reject a human being but God, the very God who gives you his Holy Spirit.


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