Sexual harassment at work is a major concern. It is unfortunate to say that cases of sexual harassment are still not well-taken care even when the society is doing so well in many aspects. Cases of sexual harassment are increasing day after day. It is even sadder that the cases are getting more complicated. This article will not discuss the causes of sexual harassment but how to deal with them. Knowledge is power. You should have an idea, of what you are supposed to do in the case such happened to you in your place of work. Many people let it slip. But this should not be the case. If you are a victim of sexual harassment do not keep it to yourself for fear of losing your job. What they do not know is that keeping quite could lead to more complications.
Below are some of the ways to deal with sexual harassment at work. Read on.
- Confront whoever harassed you. Tell them to their face that whatever they did was inappropriate and you will not let them go away with it. In many cases, refusal to confront the perpetrator leads to more harassment.
- Tell them to stop immediately. This should be said loudly and boldly. Do not mind if people around you will hear you, make sure they stop.
Cases of sexual harassment have been reported to happen mainly in places of work. You should document the place of occurrence, date, time and location. Any other necessary information should be documented as well.
- Report the case to the right people. This could to your boss, the head of the department or to any other office set aside to deal with such cases.
- Touching is not sexual harassment but sexual assault. Yes, even if it was over clothes. Sexual assault is considered more serious and should be reported to the police.
- If you reported sexual harassment to your boss and nothing was done, it is advisable to hire a lawyer who will give you legal advice concerning the same. A lawyer will tell you exactly what you are supposed to do.
Seek support and help. Never think that you had anything to do with the harassment. There are numerous groups offering support and help to victims of sexual harassment and assault. I want you to understand that silence does not help solve anything. In fact, it will make the situation worse. Act immediately to put a stop to the actions and prevent such occurrences from happening in the future.