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Sexual assault at work: Seek help!

What can you do to seek help if you've been harassed

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Season 1, episode 11
5 min / Published
By Evrard

Victims of sexual assault or sexual harassment at work often feel powerless. Their mental health is affected, and they may hesitate to report it. But it doesn’t have to be this way. In this video Donna Butler shares a list of things you can do to seek help if this happens to you.

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Sexual assault at work: Seek help!  

with Donna Butler 

A female engineer is assaulted by a male manager and afraid to seek help for fear for her career and for not being believed. But through doing so she discovers support and that this manager had a history of such behavior in the past. He is fired and prosecuted. 

Takeaways: 

It is never acceptable to misuse power. Behavior that is not acceptable between strangers on the street is also not acceptable between colleagues or from those higher up in the organizational hierarchy. 

Ignoring sexual assault can have an impact on mental health. It's important to seek support. 

Some sources for support include: unions, doctors, the police, HR, management, friends, and family.  

It is also useful to write out a detailed timeline of events. 

Apply this: 

  • What sources of support can you go to and trust in such a situation (relatives, friends, colleagues, managers, union or HR representatives, doctors, counsellors, etc.)? 

Podcast Points_Sexual assault at work Seek help.pdf

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