Sexual harassment in the workplace is an avoidable, unfortunate, but all too common event.  A glance at the statistics shows that there’s an epidemic of workplace sexual harassment across a diverse range of industries. Verbal Sexual Harassment Is Shockingly Common Verbal sexual harassment doesn’t have as much stigma as more pernicious forms, so the incident rate is highest. Thirty-four percent of men and seventy-seven percent of women report experiencing verbal sexual harassment  while at work. That means they have had the misfortune to be the target of sexually charged oral statements about or intended for them. Many Employees Face Physically …

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The #MeToo conversation has been a powerful force in the increased awareness of sexual harassment in the workplace. During this movement, a large part of the #MeToo conversation has been focused on women and their experiences. However, it’s important to note that sexual harassment can happen to anyone, anywhere, and in many forms. New research by Stop Street Harassment found that 81 percent of women and 43 percent of men have experienced some form of sexual harassment in their life. The most common forms of sexual harassment and assault reported include: Verbal sexual harassment: 77 percent of women and 34 …

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What #MeToo is Teaching Massachusetts Women about Reporting Sexual Harassment at Work. Accusations of sexual harassment in the workplace are on the rise in Massachusetts, but why now? Sexual harassment is not a new occurrence by any means–women have been objectified and harassed since before they entered the workforce. The term “sexual harassment” originally coined in the 1970’s to raise awareness about women’s struggles for social equality is now receiving a much needed injection back into the national dialogue from the #MeToo movement. Where It Started The #MeToo movement originally started in 2006 by activist Tarana Burke was catapulted to the forefront of …

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