Addressing the demon SEXUAL HARASSMENT

Sexual Harassment has been the age-old phenomenon that hasn’t been addressed completely. Before addressing the issue we first delve into

what is meant by Sexual Harassment?

Sexual Harassment is unacceptable and unwelcoming behavior that is offensive or humiliating which can be physical, verbal or even written. It can happen at a workplace, school, university and any other. It may be of any of these forms.

  • physical contact without your consent
  • ogling and gazing at you 
  • making sexual comments or gestures around you
  • asking for sexual favors
  • making obscene phone calls

What can you do about it?

Speak to the offender:

The first and the first best thing you can do about it is, talking to the offender and let him know his behavior is unacceptable.

Company’s policy:

If you chose to report it to the higher authorities, it is advisable to get familiar with the company’s sexual harassment policy. It may have the information about who you need to report it to, what are the shreds of evidence that can be provided and other stuff. 

Keep a record: 

It is always advisable to make a note of the things happened, saving evidence of the notes, messages, emails or any.

According to a survey by a non-profit organization called Stop Street Harassment, it has been found that around 81% of women and 43% of men have experienced have experienced sexual harassment in their lifetime. 

According to a survey conducted by Alarms.org, What Women are experiencing during their rides on Lyft and Uber and broken down as below

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Source: Stop Street Harassment
Credit: HKearl

Most female passengers prefer female drivers be it on Uber or Lyft. 

In 2018, #MeToo movement has exposed many high-profile people including politicians, celebrities, journalists and many others. Many women who have experienced sexual harassment from their bosses and colleagues have come forward on the offenders costing their jobs and their livelihood. 

According to Michele Decker, director of women’s health and rights program said: “Sexual Harassment has been part and parcel of hat people experienced.” She also says “while men experience sexual harassment as well, it is highly prevalent in women.” Decker says “many women don’t even tell to their friends and families, so sexual harassment is thriving of the silence of women”.

References

https://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2018/02/21/587671849/a-new-survey-finds-eighty-percent-of-women-have-experienced-sexual-harassment
https://harass.stanford.edu/take-action/what-you-can-do-stop-sexual-harassment
https://fairygodboss.com/career-topics/dealing-with-sexual-harassment-at-work