Sexual Harassment Awareness Series No. 2
MYTH: If you ignore sexually harassing behaviour, it will eventually stop.
FACT: In a recent survey, only 29% of the women who said they tried to ignore the behaviour said it “made things better”. Over 61% of the women said that telling the harasser to stop is the most effective method. In the work place especially, research shows that if sexual harassment is being ignored, 75% of the time, it continues or gets worse!
MYTH: Only women are sexually harassed, this does not happen to men; and all sexual harassment perpetrators are male.
FACT: While women continue to be the majority sexual harassment recipients, men do get harassed – by other men and by women. Currently, approximately 11% of EEOC claims involve men filling grievances against female supervisors. Also, increasing numbers of women are being sexually harassed by other women.
If you believe that you are the victim of sexual harassment in the workplace or in court, don’t ignore the problem. Take action here.
Information taken from pamphlet on “What is Sexual Harassment?” by the All Women’s Action Society (AWAM)