Understanding sexual harassment
If you haven’t already, please read our Guide for Targets of Sexual Harassment. This will give you the information you need to begin to be an ally and take action.
Here are the big takeaways:
- Sexual harassment is illegal.
- So is retaliation.
- Keep evidence of all inappropriate interactions.
- There are resources available to help you navigate these incidents.
- These takeaways apply to you as an ally as well.
It’s really important that you educate yourself about the problem if you want to act as an ally. By understanding what sexual harassment is, you’re one step closer to addressing the issue early on.
What is an ally?
Acting as an ally means that you want to use your privilege (in whatever way that you have it) to help a person or group of people facing bias, discrimination, or harassment. Allies can be friends, co-workers, clients, supervisors, or executives. And you can strive to be an ally committed to taking action every day of the week.
Here is an overview of what you can do as an ally:
- Use your position or influence to call out inappropriate behavior
- Listen to a co-worker or friend in need and let them know they are not alone
- Educate yourself and others on obvious and nuanced sexual harassment
- Share the BetterBrave Guide so that every employee knows about their rights and options
We all play an important role in creating a culture where we feel safe and empowered to speak up about issues like harassment we see in the workplace.