Monday, August 21, 2017

Sexual Harassment and Health

Amy Blackstone, sociologist at University of Maine, reports that 70% of women and 45% of men have experienced sexual harassment at work. In “6 Ways Sexual Harassment Damages Women’s Health,” Rachael Rettner in LiveScience identifies ways that sexual harassment can negatively affect health.

  • Depression
  • Post-Traumatic Stress
  • Elevated Blood Pressure
  • Sleep Problems
  • Suicide
  • Neck Pain
If you are sexually harassed, Donna Ballman advises:
  • Don’t quit
  • Look for the policy
  • Put it in writing
  • It doesn’t have to be sexual
  • You probably can’t sue for a single incident
  • They don’t have to fire the harasser
  • The employer must investigate
  • Keep reporting it
  • You are not alone
  • When it’s time to quit

And to expand the tools you have to address sexual harassment directly, sign up for an IMPACT course. 

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