4 Ways Women Can Protect Themselves from Sexual Harassment
No one deserves to be the victim of sexual harassment or assault, no matter how they act, what they wear, or where they go. However, certain non-tangible things can help you prevent sexual harassment before it ever happens, or stop it in its tracks.
One of the biggest things that make it difficult to escape harassment is simply not knowing what to do to prevent it. Instead of finding yourself at a loss in these situations, here are a few things to keep in mind.
Always Report Uncomfortable Situations
It can be hard to do, but it’s always a good idea to report any type of advances, gestures, or movements that make you uncomfortable. Especially in work situations, you can always take your concerns to someone higher up. Even if you don’t think it’s that big of a deal, you’re probably underestimating how important it is. It may be part of a larger pattern with a particular employee, and you may be able to open a dialog for other victims of the same person.
Say the worst happens and you end up having to open a legal case. Reporting the issues early shows that there was significant negligence on someone else’s part. Negligence by your employer or another higher-up is a serious offense, so documenting that is important.
Make Friends Everywhere You Go
It’s unfortunate, but many reports of harassment are simply brushed off, or go unreported because the victim feels like he or she won’t be believed. Over half of all sexual assaults aren’t reported to police at all, and sexual harassment in particular may carry an even lower reporting ratio.
Make friends at work. Build up a close immediate friend group, and stay friendly with others. That way, you’ll build up a good reputation, as well as a good support system. If you do ever have to report something, you’ll have people that can stand up and support you. You’ll also have a lower chance of becoming the victim of harassment, as friends will look out for you, even when you may not be looking out for yourself.
Stay Informed About the Places You Go
Some workplaces, clubs, and other areas may have a reputation for sexual harassment and/or mishandling harassment reports. By doing a bit of research on your new workplace, a fun party area, or the university you’re planning to attend, you can avoid potentially dangerous situations.
You can just use the internet to search the newest place you’re considering. Or, you may be able to ask friends or acquaintances who know those places. Either way, you can usually avoid places that are known for higher rates of assault or less strict security protocols. And even if you can’t avoid them, having the knowledge of the situation beforehand will help to keep you alert.
Check Out People You’re Going to Be Around
Most harassment or assault incidents are committed by someone the victim knows, whether an acquaintance or a friend. Therefore, while you should definitely build group of friends around you, it should be a group you can trust. Of course, you can’t just ask a potential friend whether he or she has committed a violent crime. That person will likely take offense to the question, and not admit it anyway. That’s the kind of thing where a public records site like PeopleFinders can help.
PeopleFinders has access to public data on just about every adult in America. So, if you’re getting close to someone, or even if you’re just going to meet-up with someone new, you can check that person out first by running a criminal records check on them, using a first and last name, city and state.
Regardless of the circumstances, sexual harassment is never the victim’s fault. No one should have to go through sexual harassment or assault, especially when there are steps to take to avoid it. Instead of just going about your daily life and hoping you’ll never have to deal with it, you can become more aware of how to avoid sexual harassment.
One of the easiest ways to keep yourself safe is to screen the people you spend time around. PeopleFinders can help you do that with just a few clicks and a bit of information.
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