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STEP 1: WRITE A STATEMENT.

Ask the alleged harasser to help you draft a clear, detailed summary of their position. Be aware of language and literacy levels. You may need to write up the complaint and have the person sign it, and you should also arrange for translation where necessary (both for the interview and the written statement). Once the statement is written, ask them to review it carefully and make any needed changes.

The alleged harasser may be reluctant to work with you to write the statement. Give them the option to use another room to write the statement, and give them as much time as they need.

STEP 2: SIGN THE STATEMENT.

Once you both agree that the statement accurately represents what the alleged harasser has told you, ask them to sign it. Make one copy for them, one for you, and put the original signed statement in the case file.

If the alleged harasser refuses to write or sign a statement, you will have to write one based on the notes you took during the interview (see General Guidelines for Record-keeping). Put a note on the statement explaining their reasons for not signing it. Write that it best represents the event(s) described to you, and sign your name.

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