Beyond Sexual Harassment – Stop it Before it Happens and Report it Now
This article is not just about what is said but also what YOU need to do if you want to stop it BEFORE it happens to you or a colleague. This means no more passive-aggressive behavior, now to avoid consequences because if it does happen to you and you may feel you have been harassed but if you have no proof, then it did not happen – review the Christine Ford hearings. You may feel that is unfair but until you can change the justice system that where it is guilty-first is the legal process then realize what is required to prove guilt.
More importantly you should STOP it before it happens and REPORT it now, not minutes or hours. Treat it like 911 emergency and report to authorities now the moment happens. For example, if someone tries to hug you and you don’t want it – step back now. If someone says in-person or via email/SMS something you feel is in appropriate – report it now. Do something now. If you are invited to an event where in appropriate contact may be possible – don’t go.
Here are some key tips to protect yourself from it happening to begin with
For either men or women, don’t wear suggestive clothing as the office or office events are not places for dating or hooking up nor anyone you work with or likely to work with in the future.
- Don’t touch anyone that others can see you invite them to touch you – this can mean you are open to being touched yourself.
- Men have also reported being terminated, demoted and contracts not renewed because they did not want to date/hookup with female workers. This is difficult to address however, women should take note that this kind of inter-personal relations is certainly not appropriate as well.
- Remember you can also be legally responsible for false accusations. This can follow you to your new position. This plays even more reason to NOT put yourself in an inappropriate situation to begin with.
Here are some links to some published policies on sexual harassment to consider: