One of the biggest and most damaging misconceptions about sexual harassment is that it only happens to attractive women.
This is simply not true.
Unfortunately, because of this misconception, many women don’t report sexual harassment. They suffer in silence. Many think that, because of their appearance, they won’t be believed.
Sexual harassment is about power more than anything else. In many scenarios, a man is trying to assert his power over a woman, no matter what she looks like.
Misconceptions and half-truths about sexual harassment can deter victims from getting the help they need. Remember:
- Sexual harassment affects both men and women.
- Sexual harassment can be initiated by both men and women.
- Sexual harassment affects individuals of all ages.
- Sexual harassment affects people in all industries: Technical jobs, management, law enforcement, etc.
Let’s take a look at some statistics that tell more about sexual harassment in the American workplace.
What Workplace Sexual Harassment Looks Like In The U.S.
According to a recent poll by YouGov, 30 percent of women (and 15 percent of men) have experienced sexual harassment in the workplace. The poll also found that 25 percent of adults in the U.S. have witnessed a colleague being sexually harassed at work.
The poll also addressed age. The percentage of those who have experienced sexual harassment at work, by age and including both men and women, were as follows:
- 30 percent: Ages 35-44
- 26 percent: Ages 45-54
- 22 percent: Ages 55+
- 21 percent: Ages 18-24
- 16 percent: Ages 25-34
Don’t Let Misconceptions About Sexual Harassment Prevent You From Getting Help
Remember: It doesn’t matter what you look like. It doesn’t matter how old you are. Sexual harassment in the workplace is illegal. And victims have rights. Employees are protected by both state and federal laws.
When an employer fails to address sexual harassment, the victim should consider seeking outside help.
Speaking out as a victim of sexual harassment is not an easy thing to do. But the law protects the victim – and legal help is available.
Free consultation: Call 888-351-0424 for a free consultation with a federal employment law attorney serving clients nationwide.