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Speak out against harassment

In recent years we’ve witnessed a growing number of victims of sexual harassment publicly reveal their stories and trauma they went through after such incidents.

Many of them have held on to their secret for decades.

These are courageous individuals who have suffered and only now feel safe to share their anguish.

While it is certainly more common for women to endure such harassment, it is clearly apparent from these reports that many men have been silent as well.

Harassment covers a wide range of behaviors of an offensive nature.

It is commonly understood as behavior that demeans, humiliates or embarrasses a person, and it is characteristically identified by its unlikelihood in terms of social and moral reasonableness.

If someone is abusing, insulting, or otherwise harming you on a regular basis, it’s called harassment. Cruel and usually really annoying, harassment is also illegal in some cases. Harassment is a word that describes any kind of ongoing torment.

 

 

Harassing behavior we define in the legal sense, it is behavior that appears to be disturbing or threatening.

Sexual harassment refers to persistent and unwanted sexual advances, typically in the workplace, where the consequences of refusing are potentially very disadvantageous to the victim.

The impact of harassment on both harassers and harassed persons can be severe. It can harm them physically, emotionally, economically, and socially. It can adversely affect careers and academic performance.

Engaging in harassing behavior can result in disciplinary action.

This action may include, but is not limited to, reprimand, relocation, suspension, expulsion and dismissal.

Sexual harassment can take several forms.

The two most common forms are described as quid pro quo sexual harassment and hostile work environment sexual harassment and quid pro quo harassment:

Quid pro quo is Latin for “something for something” or “this for that”.

Hostile Work Environment Harassment can result from the unwelcome conduct of supervisors, co-workers, customers, contractors, or anyone else with whom the victim interacts on the job, and the unwelcome conduct renders the workplace atmosphere intimidating, hostile, or offensive.

In other several forms are included retaliation, sexual Harassment, and unlawful harassment.

Harassment via text message is yet another form that can be very brutal, emotional and scary for the individual being harassed. It can take the form of abusive messages or text message “spam.”

Harassment includes all types of offensive behavior which is intended to upset or show disgrace to an individual. These laws are supposed to address all types of workplace harassment including discrimination, sexual and mental/psychological irritation caused by the employer

If we talk about laws that what are the laws about harassment?

The crime of harassment occurs when one person acts in a way designed to annoy, provoke, threaten, or otherwise cause another person emotional distress. State laws and some federal laws identify multiple ways in which harassment can be committed.

Legally, harassment’s definition is governed by state laws, which vary by state, but is generally defined as a course of conduct which annoys, threatens, intimidates, alarms, or puts a person in fear of their safety.

Some claim that anyone with true integrity and moral fiber could simply call it what it is, or move on. And yet, in spite of how easy it is to suggest this response, the reality of this resolution involves tremendous loss.

Victims of such harassment are most often at the beginning of their professional career, a time when they are most vulnerable to feel threatened.

The threat to their emotional, financial and professional safety serves as powerful leverage to maintain their silence.

The “#MeToo” and “#TimesUp” movements have brought necessary attention to the issues of sexual harassment and sexual assault in workplaces around the nation.

They have started and progressed important conversations regarding gender inequality, sexual violence, and the continual silencing of victims of all genders. In response to many individuals speaking up regarding sexual harassment and assault at work in all types of industries, many businesses are reviewing their discrimination and sexual harassment policies as well as how complaints are handled.

In Pakistan, where women are already burdened by legal and social challenges that make it difficult to contend with violence, reporting online harassment is daunting.

On social media platforms such as Facebook and Twitter, abuse and blackmail continue to proliferate. “As soon as you have your data online, or a considerable cyber presence, you’re unsafe,”

Navigating the parameters of sexual harassment in a place like Pakistan is a constant challenge. Women are socially trained to avoid creating a scene in public, and addressing harassment in public means exactly that.

The degrees of separation when it comes to sexual harassment expand and contract based on class and culture, space and spectacle.

Those of us literate enough to actually know and understand the term before the experience, often distinguish between ‘gross, lurid, disgusting’ incidents that by our logic must be perpetuated by the ‘gross, lurid, disgusting’ people we never touch and seldom bother to see surrounding us.

We live in a society that thrives on judgment and that judgment is primarily grounded in appearance. Whether one is moral or not is gauged along dress codes rather than behavior or belief. That is why even though many of us know and say that harassment- in whatever form – is wrong; many still don’t truly ‘feel’ it is wrong enough to do something about.

The most effective way to stop harassment is to confront it immediately and directly. If it is safe to do so, clearly and firmly tell the person who is harassing you to stop.

Describe the way you expect to be treated. This communication can take many forms, including a warning delivered in person or in writing.

However, there are many men in Pakistan who never cross the line.

They respect women, champion their causes, support and protect them for the sake of those men, these bad eggs need to be called out.

The least we can do is castigate men who create hurdles for women everywhere.

So speak out against harassment!

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Disclaimer: The views expressed in this article are solely of the author and do not represent ARY policies or opinion.