A colleague, “Bob”, recently asked me whether I’d be interested in having an intimate relationship with him; and while he was, overall, respectful about it, it has, quite frankly, given me the creeps.

How could I gently turn down his offer, while minimizing the risk of antagonizing him? We are collaborators and are part of the same lab.

I should say that he has asked me a few times now, through text messaging and in person. And I’ve said no already, which was not taken seriously by him.

For reasons of anonymity, I do not wish to disclose more information.

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