If you are like most people, when you go to work, you want to do your job without any issues or stress. The truth is, you deserve to work in a professional environment.
Unfortunately, this isn’t always the case. Sexual harassment has many different faces. In some cases, it may be challenging for you to draw a line at the point when you just can’t take it anymore. You may believe it’s going to be obvious when someone is a victim of sexual harassment; however, this isn’t the case. In many situations, it’s extremely subtle, making you unsure if you’re just overreacting.
Understanding Sexual Harassment
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A recent study has found that up to 81 percent of women have experienced some type of sexual harassment in the workplace. It’s important to note that sexual harassment doesn’t always mean unwelcome touches or any type of actual sexual activity. It doesn’t always have to be about constant sexual comments, either.
It may also mean that you don’t feel safe when you are around someone. Keep reading to learn about some of the subtler signs that may indicate you have been a victim of sexual harassment.
Sexist Jokes Told Throughout the Day
Are you constantly hearing taunts about your body? Are you told that you should do things differently to make yourself look better in an underhanded or sly way? Do you feel as though all the criticism that is directed toward you is based solely on your gender?
If so, these are all signs you are a victim of sexual harassment. If this is happening, be sure you report it to those in charge.
You are the Victim of Blackmail
Have you been asked to compromise yourself for some type of favour? Has the person made these advances mention sex – in any way – to help you out with something that has nothing to do with your actual merit? Has your boss ever requested that you sleep with them, or provide another sexual favour, for advancement or higher pay? All of these indicate sexual harassment.
It is important to report these actions to your superiors. Remember, this is against the law, as outlined here.
Name Calling Occurs on a Regular Basis
Regardless of your performance, are you constantly called names that have some type of sexual connotation? If so, this is also sexual harassment. If you have heard your co-workers badmouth you, calling you derogatory names, then this is definitely disrespecting.
This isn’t just an issue that women face. According to a recent survey, up to 11 percent of men have been a victim of sexual harassment in the past – and this is only those who have admitted to it. Anyone who is calling you a derogatory term at work is harassing you. This is something that should be condemned by management, which means you have to report it.
Are you a Victim of Sexual Harassment in the Workplace?
After reading the information here, you should have a clear idea regarding whether or not you have been a victim of sexual harassment in the workplace. Don’t remain silent. Chances are if it is happening to you, it is also happening to other people in the workplace. Take a page out of the #metoo movement and stand up for yourself and others who may be in the same situation.