Sexual harassment at workplace
As a youngster I remember reading in ‘Readers Digest’ an article about sexual harassment of women in uniform. The article reported a case of the U.S. female naval officer being sexually harassed by her male colleagues. That was my first introduction of what this ugly phenomenon could be like. I watched Demy Moore’s movie disclosure and was shown another side of sexual harassment; though realistically speaking it isn’t a common occurrence. But female sexual harassment by male colleagues or superiors is a much common phenomenon then actually admitted. In various cultures like the South East Asian or Middle East these incidents are not reported for the fear of future repercussions for the female involved but this nevertheless does not downplay the seriousness of the issue.
Harassment basically revolves around the abuse of power and misconceptions. You cannot be harassed by someone who is less powerful than you or weaker. Intimidation can come from a powerful entity rather a weakling. Male colleague’s particularly superior officers consider their female subordinates as easy prey primarily because they are aware of their social and economic circumstances. They tend to believe that their indecent advances will be tolerated because the females is times is even protected by the upper management who believes that publicizing such an episode could adverse their reputation which in turn may reflect on their income statements.
They fail to understand that their neglecting such serious issue not only shatters the confidence and working ability of the female worker but pushes her into depression and other psychological disorders. The result is not only bad for the business entity itself as it risks losing a valuable employee who can contribute to the overall performance of the company. Though several managerial policies exist on company handbooks regarding such incidents but none of them are implemented. The public laws are often not useful for the lady in question especially if she belongs to a conservative or male dominant society.
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The general notion is that she must have initiated such an act. Who will do that to oneself unless she is insane? Another common misconception is that a well dressed female with high heels or proper fashion accessories is out there looking for male advances towards her. What such people fail to understand is that women in general like to dress up and look beautiful for their own satisfaction rather than to impress or encourage a male colleague to make an undesired move on her.
It is absolutely essential that stringent policies are made and implemented at workplace to avoid occurrence of such incidents. Furthermore the female victims of these episodes should not hesitate to report them to upper management or the law enforcement agencies as per the need. Ignoring or tolerating such conduct is neither beneficial for them nor for the other female workers performing their tasks in such a workplace. You are the victim ladies in such incidents and not the guilty parties so don’t fear but step forward and take action.