It’s May Day, and in recognition of workers’ rights Draw The Line Ontario (not to be confused with Labatt’s “Know When To Draw The Line” responsible drinking camaigns) has posted a new PSA about workplace sexual harassment:
It’s a serious issue, so I won’t harp on the fact that the “talking head” format is overused in PSAs. Rather, let’s listen to what these women have to say. And more importantly, understand how sexual harassment has wide-ranging effects on both the women who experience firsthand and those who witness it.
DTL Canada offers the following advice for those affected by sexual harassment:
IT HAPPENED TO ME
Sexual violence affects 1 in 4 women and 1 in 6 men. It is about power and control and not about sex. Sexual violence remains taboo in our culture and so survivors are often silenced. You don’t have to go through this alone. There are people who care and who can support you. And remember: It’s never your fault. Ever.
– Take care of yourself. Whatever that looks like.
– Your feelings are real and you are entitled to them.
– Talk to someone you trust.
– You have the right to set boundaries for yourself.
– Your experience is valid and you are entitled to support.
It happened to someone you know
When someone discloses to us that they have been sexually assaulted, it can be really overwhelming. We are concerned for their wellbeing and want to support them, but often don’t know how. Here are some things to keep in mind:
– Believe them. Sexual violence affects 1 in 4 women and 1 in 6 men. It is real.
– Ask them how you can support them. Don’t assume you know what they need.
– Respect confidentiality.
– Value their boundaries. Don’t pry or ask for details.
– Offer them resources.
– Understand that everyone deals with trauma differently and that everyone’s healing path is different.
– If the person disclosing to you is under the age of 16, you must report it to the Children’s Aid Society and/or the police.
– If you are struggling with their disclosure, you are entitled to your own support.
Get more information here.