Should I Report Sexual Harassment at Work?
By Corey Hanrahan
Yes, you should always report workplace sexual harassment! This also includes gender harassment. Reporting sexual harassment is crucial for several reasons, including:
Stopping the harassment: Reporting sexual harassment can help to put a stop to the behavior, preventing it from continuing and potentially escalating.
Holding the perpetrator accountable: Reporting sexual harassment can hold the perpetrator accountable for their actions, which may deter them from engaging in similar behavior in the future. This can also send a message to others that sexual harassment is not tolerated and that there are consequences for engaging in such behavior.
Protecting the victim: Reporting sexual harassment can help to protect the victim from further harm. By speaking out and reporting the harassment, victims can access support and resources that can help them to heal and recover.
Creating a safer environment: Reporting sexual harassment can help to create a safer environment for everyone. By addressing the behavior, individuals and organizations can work to prevent sexual harassment from occurring in the future, promoting a culture of respect, equality, and consent.
Compliance with the law: In many countries, sexual harassment is illegal, and reporting it is required by law. Failure to report sexual harassment can have legal consequences, and individuals and organizations may face penalties for not reporting incidents of sexual harassment.
What to do if you have been sexually harassed? It is usually best to report it. Overall, reporting sexual harassment is essential for stopping the behavior, holding the perpetrator accountable, protecting the victim, creating a safer environment, and complying with the law. It is important to encourage and support individuals to speak out and report incidents of sexual harassment, and to create safe reporting mechanisms and policies that protect the confidentiality and safety of the victim.
Attorney Corey Hanrahan of the Hanrahan Firm has helped numerous employees pursue sexual harassment claims. If you have been subjected to any form of unlawful harassment at work, contact The Hanrahan Firm for a free consultation.