This tweeted hashtag has been making the rounds on Twitter.
It is an angry sound that should be taken seriously. Men and woman are tired of the fear, humiliation, and loss of self, physical and mental trauma that occurs from sexual harassment.
The reality of sexual harassment is that nearly every woman has been subjected to some sort of harassment at work.
Sexual harassment is a form of sex discrimination that violates Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964
What is sexually harassment? It is:
- Behaviors like unwelcome sexual advances
- Requests for sexual favors
- Direct or indirect threats or bribes for sexual activity
- Sexual innuendos and comments
- Sexually suggestive jokes
- Unwelcome touching or brushing against a person
- Pervasive displays of materials with sexually illicit or graphic content
- An attempted or completed sexual assault
A reaction to being sexual harassed will be to laugh it off, pretend it wasn’t happening, ignore it and then laugh it off again and again, hoping it will stop, but it won’t. It is an act of violence, of dominance over another person, it will never go away. The fear level increases. The harassment increases and no one is listening when you ask them to stop. Then, you are too afraid to say anything. Petrified to be at work. When you finally report the harassment.. you were surprised to find out, they aren’t listening to you, all because your job is lower on the ladder than the one doing the harassing….So nothing will change..
Employers hire people to protect their company from its employees. You know… that department its called HR. Your company probably had sexual harassment meetings, telling everyone what not to do. Most people will become nervous and laugh in these meetings. They make jokes about it. It’s not funny, stop laughing.
I in 3 women are sexually harassed at work. ~The Huffington post
Why is it so hard to get someone to believe?
Because people don’t know who to believe, people lie. They lie to say it happened, they lie to say it didn’t, they lie for the attention, they lie to protect the company, and they lie to protect themselves. They lie for money, power, control.
So when the truth is told. It takes a lot of courage to keep talking. To keep pointing out what happened. You need to fight to get someone to believe you. You need to stand up to bullies. Those bullies are your employers your co-workers, even your family who will tell you not to make waves.
“…lifetime risk of having a PTSD diagnosis was significantly higher among sexual harassment victims than among non- victims.”~ The National Center for PTSD
Someone on Twitter asked, why do woman remain silent?
When you stand up and say no, someone will be there to pull the rug out and in the end, you will lose your job. This is why a woman makes a choice to remain silent… to keep their jobs, their careers. And this happens over and over. Lawyers will push the victims so they don’t stand up in court. Fear takes over and the victim will back down or never come forward.
So when someone lies, it harms the real victims. And there are a lot of them.
I had to ask myself the question that had been flittering around the net…. Do I believe in what is being said about Trump? No.. I need proof.
Do I believe when he says he loves’ beautiful’ woman? Yes, He has said that many times. But anything else, …I need more proof. it seem’s too easy to pull all this out now, just before an election.
How about Hillary Clinton…? Yes. there is proof of her transgressions. and her husbands…Lots of it.
So are you still wondering….. #WhyWomenDontReport
Why don’t you ask Monica Lewinsky.