Sexual Harassment By, Taylor Colford

How many different programs are there to try and stop sexual harassment?

There are many new programs starting to try and stop sexual harassment in public places like metro transit or even in the workplace. Marissa Wenzke, a news intern in LA states that, “Los Angeles public transit will be the first in the world to address this problem by offering its riders a 24/7 hotline for sexual harassment”. With this public transit hotline, maybe women will feel safer knowing that someone is doing something to try and stop sexual harassment one person at a time. Another program that is helping is that some workplaces are starting to require sexual harassment training. “Sexual harassment training is not required under federal law. However, many states have enacted legislation specifically requiring sexual harassment training”(SHRM).

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How big is the problem?

The problem of sexual harassment/assault is rising each year with sexual harassment in the workplace at 54%(272) experiencing some sort of harassment and 12% of them receiving threats of termination if they did not meet the requests of the sexual harassers. “ In AWARE’s survey, 79% of the respondents who reported having experienced workplace sexual harassment were female; 21% were male”(aware). Over the years it has been that more college students are being sexually assaulted, kids are on their own now, they want to try new things, and since girls are on their own they can be more vulnerable. “The Huffington Post has previously reported, the frequently cited statistic that 1 in 5 college women will experience sexual assault”(Visser). These statistics are showing us that the problem may be bigger than we thought.

How many people actually tolerate harassment?

The people who tolerate harassment are the people that are sexually harassing someone, have sexually harassed someone in the past, or are planning on sexually harassing someone in the near future. In the paragraph how big is the problem the statistic was 54% of people have been sexually harassed in the workplace and 1 in 5 college women will experience sexual assault. Those statistics show how many people tolerate harassment because for every one of those people there is a harasser or assaulter. According to the organization Peace Over Violence, “The group has counseled victims of sexual abuse in LA County and has hosted its own 24/7 hotline for survivors of rape and battery for over 45 years.” People have been tolerating this for over 45 years.

Are workplaces contributing to the stop of sexual harassment?

Some companies are helping to try and stop harassment in the workplace by offering sexual harassment training “companies should not be allowed to force employees to sign contracts that include arbitration clauses under which all discrimination disputes, including sexual harassment claims, can be resolved only in a secret proceeding. Women who are unaware that other women have come forward are less likely to speak up themselves.”

Could this become a bigger issue that may not have a solution?

I believe that there is not going to be a change anytime soon and that the problem will eventually get to the point of no solution, there may be new programs to try and stop harassment/ assault but they won’t work if people don’t come out and tell someone about the event. Most women that don’t come forward are afraid they will be labeled something harsh or not even believed. In the article My Fight Against Sexual Harassment, by Gretchen Carlson, she talks about how, “He said, she said is still a convenient phrase that equates victims with harassers. It trivializes workplace harassment and has become synonymous with “Don’t take that risk; they won’t believe you anyway.” If no one is going to believe women than why should they tell anyone.

Is there a solution?

The only solutions there are now is many different programs striving to stop sexual harassment/assault. A main program that I think will make a big impact to stop sexual harassment is how metro transit has a 24 hour hotline, “One in five transit riders experience sexual harassment.” with numbers like that, anything people are trying to do will help.

Sources:

http://www.aware.org.sg/training/wsh-site/14-statistics/

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2015/05/14/consent-tea_n_7282978.html?scrlybrkr=96d9854e

http://mashable.com/2017/01/12/la-metro-hotline/?scrlybrkr=48101d48#rZVlTRkdQOq8

https://www.nytimes.com/2016/11/13/opinion/sunday/gretchen-carlson-my-fight-against-sexual-harassment.html

https://www.nytimes.com/2016/11/13/opinion/sunday/gretchen-carlson-my-fight-against-sexual-harassment.html

https://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/all-opinions-are-local/wp/2016/06/03/working-to-stop-sexual-harassment-and-sex-crimes-on-metro/?utm_term=.8af0e049daeb

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