Recently, an increasing amount of attention has been given to sexual harassment and sexual assault. A number of high-profile cases have appeared in recent months and many people are becoming aware of how problematic sexual harassment and assault are in society. Unfortunately, many people continue to mistreat staff members and subject them to sexual harassment which violates the law. Moreover, some people may choose to stay silent for unfortunate reasons. For example, they may be afraid to hold someone who is in a position of power accountable for what they have done.
Sometimes, people who have a high-ranking position in society feel as if they are invincible or able to get away with unacceptable behaviors. It is especially important to hold people like this accountable for a number of reasons. First, they may have a considerable amount of influence over others and the ability to impact perceptions of sexual harassment, sexual assault and accountability. For example, those who may be less successful or those who have less authority may feel as if they can get away with unacceptable behaviors as well.
Sexual harassment happens in many different ways, and aside from being afraid to speak out because of the repercussions that may come with tarnishing someone’s reputation, some people worry that they will be fired or suffer other career setbacks for stepping forward. This is very unfortunate and we believe that victims of sexual harassment and other types of workplace violations should have the courage to stand up for their rights.