As per the latest media reports, four out of five Indian Women are being sexually harassed in Public places. Women who are between the age group of 25 to 35 years are being sexually harassed, out of which 82 percent are full time employees and 68 percent are students.
When someone is sexually harassed in the workplace, it can undermine their sense of personal dignity. It can prevent them from earning a livelihood, doing their job effectively, etc., Sexual harassment will poison the environment for everyone else. If it can’t be prevented at the early stage, the workplace has the potential to escalate to violent behaviour.
Employers that do not take steps to prevent sexual harassment can face major costs in future which slowly leads to:
- Asking for sex in exchange for a benefit or favour.
- Repeatedly asking for dates for sex.
- Demanding hugs.
- Making unnecessary physical contact, including unwanted touching.
- Using rude or insulting language or making comments towards women
- Calling people sex-specific derogatory names
- Making abusive and filthy sex-related comments about a person’s physical characteristics
- Posting or sharing pornography, sexual pictures or cartoons, sexually
- Explicit graffiti, or other sexual images (including online)
- Making sexual jokes
Both women and men may experience sexual harassment in employment, but especially women are most effected to it because they often hold lower-paying, lower-authority and lower-status jobs compared to men. At the same time, even women in positions of Higher Authority/Position may also experience sexual harassment.
Whatever her position may be, portraying a female worker in a sexual way can diminish her status and image in the eyes of other employees.