Circulars

Putting the spotlight on Sexual Harassment

An essential element of sexual harassment is that the conduct is unwelcome, as seen from the victim’s perspective. It is important to clearly let the harasser know that certain actions are unwelcome and unacceptable.

If you believe that you are the victim of sexual harassment (for example, crude/offensive behaviour, unwanted sexual attention, sexual coercion and sexual assault) in the workplace or in court, don’t ignore the problem. Take action here.

To generate greater awareness amongst members, the KL Bar Practitioners’ Affairs Committee will be issuing a series of monthly e-blasts on the Myths and Misconceptions of Sexual Harassment. This is the first in the series.

Myth: Most charges of sexual harassment are false.
Reality: People have nothing to gain from making false accusations and filing false charges. It is very difficult to file sexual harassment charges, and “the system” can be very hostile to accusers. Confronting the issue can be both physically and financially draining. Usually, victims are traumatised further by the entire process. Often, they experience retaliation and backlash in the aftermath.

Information courtesy of http://www.sexualharassmentsupport.org/

Goh Siu Lin
Chairperson
KL Bar Practitioners’ Affairs Committee