Essay about Sexual Harassment

1648 Words Oct 22nd, 1999 7 Pages
Sexual harassment is one of the biggest problems facing our

schools and businesses today. A week rarely goes by without a

reminder of the pervasiveness of sexual harassment as a social

problem. Sexual harassment is a growing problem in the government

agencies, schools, and the corporations of the world; however, many

corporations are now adopting new anti-harassment policies.(Conta)

The definition of sexual harassment is any unwanted or

inappropriate sexual attention. That includes touching, looks,

comments, or gestures. A key part of sexual harassment is that it is

one sided and unwanted. There is a great difference between sexual

harassment and romance or friendship, since those are mutual feelings

of two
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If sexual harassment happens at work, write down a

detailed description of what took place, so that it is well recorded

and you don't have to think back to the incident. You should keep a

note pad handy for this purpose, or write it on a napkin to help you

remember. You should write:

* When it happened

* Where it happened

* What time it happened

* What actually took place and what the offender said

* How you felt

* The names of any witnesses

Another way to do this is to write a letter to the harasser.

Be sure to keep a copy. Tell the person clearly in the letter that his

behavior toward you is unwanted. Tell the person that he will be

reported if the behavior doesn't stop (Kolbert). According to the

research group Catalyst, recent studies have found that 40 percent to

60 percent of woman say they have been harassed sometime in their

career.

Employers have a duty to investigate allegations of sexual

harassment, and their employees have a legitimate interest in knowing

what activities could result in their termination. Ever clearer

definitions of sexual harassment are being implemented by more and

more corporations around the country. As this happens, an

increasing number of companies are searching for new ways of

protecting themselves against allegations, adopting their own anti-

harassment policies to

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