The culture of sexual harassment

What happened with Harvey Weinstein is not new. He was the successful guy, who find the right actors, actresses, director, project, and make it a big blockbuster or piece enough fine to fulfill Academy Awards standards, in that sense, we could see why could have he gone so far with this behavior but undoubtedly, it has to do with the culture and the practices inside any organization.

It is impossible to deny the choices and decisions required to change this kind of risk, not only in the entertainment/media and technology industries, in all the type of companies you could imagine. From a journal to a hospitality catering services small enterprise, it is relevant to create all the time an open environment to discuss the situation, to let female or male employees feel comfortable enough to express their fears or how to avoid the situation keep happening in the work environment.

Mr. Weinstein had won what he got it but it should not let us forget that he is not the only one or the last man to choose this kind of addictive predatory behavior towards young women searching for a job. That species is easily to be found in any place in the world, as well as, in any level of the hierarchy. I am pretty sure this doesn’t happen only to beautiful models and actress in the United States or in different International Film Festival across the world.

If your company has been struggled with similar cases it is relevant for you as manager or CEO determine a structure or plan, and it shouldn’t be one which consider how many millions of dollars would you pay in case of a massive legal action from victims appeared in the future of your company. The real work is training your employees to recognize when their behavior or actions should have consider as riskier. Furthermore, train them to learn how to react and what choices they should make to leave the situation without harsh consequences for their personal and professional life.

If you want to hire our services to train your team in best practices to communicate in a situation like this, send an email to rossana.naveda@gmail.com

 

SOME CONSEQUENCES OF SEXUAL VIOLENCE *

Sexual Violence Can Have Long-Term Effects on Victims
The likelihood that a person suffers suicidal or depressive thoughts increases after sexual violence.

  • 94% of women who are raped experience symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) during the two weeks following the rape.9
  • 30% of women report symptoms of PTSD 9 months after the rape.10
  • 33% of women who are raped contemplate suicide.11
  • 13% of women who are raped attempt suicide.11
  • Approximately 70% of rape or sexual assault victims experience moderate to severe distress, a larger percentage than for any other violent crime.12
    People who have been sexually assaulted are more likely to use drugs than the general public.11
  • 3.4 times more likely to use marijuana
  • 6 times more likely to use cocaine
  • 10 times more likely to use other major drugs
    Sexual violence also affects victims’ relationships with their family, friends, and co-workers.12
  • 38% of victims of sexual violence experience work or school problems, which can include significant problems with a boss, coworker, or peer.
  • 37% experience family/friend problems, including getting into arguments more frequently than before, not feeling able to trust their family/friends, or not feeling as close to them as before the crime.
  • 84% of survivors who were victimized by an intimate partner experience professional or emotional issues, including moderate to severe distress, or increased problems at work or school.
  • 79% of survivors who were victimized by a family member, close friend or acquaintance experience professional or emotional issues, including moderate to severe distress, or increased problems at work or school.
  • 67% of survivors who were victimized by a stranger experience professional or emotional issues, including moderate to severe distress, or increased problems at work or school.
    Victims are at risk of pregnancy and sexually transmitted infections (STIs).

Studies suggest that the chance of getting pregnant from one-time, unprotected intercourse is between 3.1-5%13, depending on a multitude of factors, including the time of month intercourse occurs, whether contraceptives are used, and the age of the female. The average number of rapes and sexual assaults against females of childbearing age is approximately 250,000.1 Thus, the number of children conceived from rape each year in the United States might range from 7,750—12,500.12 This is a very general estimate, and the actual number may differ. This statistic presents information from a number of different studies. Further, this information may not take into account factors which increase or decrease the likelihood of pregnancy, including, but not limited to: impact of birth control or condom use at the time of attack or infertility. RAINN presents this data for educational purposes only, and strongly recommends using the citations to review sources for more information and detail.

 

*taken from https://www.rainn.org/statistics/victims-sexual-violence

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Journalist. Student of Global Media Communication. Interested in Politics, Economy, Social Media, Technology. Feminist. Like walking, talking and swimming.

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