Apology for Sexual Harassment
Sexual harassment is an extremely serious issue and should never be taken lightly. The apology letter below is a very small first step in making things right and not a substitute for legal advice.
Dear [Recipient's Name],
I am writing this letter to express my deepest apologies for causing you immense distress and discomfort.
It is essential for me that I provide a detailed account of the offense, to ensure that you can fully understand my acknowledgment of both the situation and the role that I played.
On [specific time and date], I engaged in inappropriate and unacceptable behavior toward you, which constitutes sexual harassment.
The regret, remorse, and shame I have felt since that day is palpable. I should never, ever have [describe the specific actions, words and behavior in detail].
My actions were completely out of line, and I am deeply aware of the emotional and psychological harm they caused you.
I want to acknowledge the hurt and damage that I inflicted upon you. I understand that the impact of my actions goes well beyond the incident itself. I know it has affected your feelings, well-being, and sense of safety.
Your emotional response to this situation is entirely valid and I recognize the gravity of the distress I have caused you.
I take full responsibility. I will not offer any excuses or justifications for my actions because they are inexcusable, regardless of the circumstances. My focus, and this apology, is entirely on you and how you feel.
I want to express again my profound regret and remorse for my reprehensible behavior. I am genuinely sorry for the pain and discomfort I have caused you and understand that my behavior was unacceptable and harmful.
I promise you that I am committed to ensuring that any form of harassment will not happen again, not only with you but with anyone else in the future.
I humbly ask for your forgiveness. I understand that forgiveness is a personal choice and that it may take time for you to heal from the harm I have caused. I hope that, in time, you can find it within yourself to consider forgiving me, although I understand that it may be a challenging process and that it may never happen.
In closing, I want to emphasize how seriously I am taking this matter, and I am open to any form of restitution or actions that can help you heal and rebuild your sense of security.
The next move is entirely up to you, and I respect your decisions regarding how to proceed.
Once again, I deeply apologize for my actions and the harm they caused. I am committed to becoming a better person and ensuring that I never repeat such behavior in the future. I hope that, over time, we can find a way to heal and potentially rebuild trust.
You may also be interested in this letter of apology to the women I harassed ⇗ submitted and written by a website visitor.
Or, go to the Full Directory of Apology Letters in our Tool Kit.