NOOOO NO NO NONO FUCK FUCK FUCKIG CBS IS TELLING WOMEN NOT TO REPORT SEXUAL HARASSMENT BECAUSE IT WILL “DAMAGE THEIR CAREERS” and “HARASSMENT IS AN UNFORTUNATE PART OF CLIMBING THE LADDER” I AM SO ANGRY THEY ARE LITERALLY TURNING SEXUAL HARASSMENT INTO A NORM THIS IS NOT OKAY
This is an actual article and I’m still having a hard time believing it’s real.
IF YOU ARE SEXUALLY HARRASSED YOU REPORT THAT SHIT
This report is disgusting
I will acknowledge that there are legitimate reasons why people who have been sexually harassed choose not to report it. “Damage their careers” is entirely possible for a woman reporting harassment by a superior, far too often nothing happens to the harasser and then the victim is punished and that’s bullshit and horrible… but it does happen, and fear of that is one of several reasons that a person might not report their harassment.
But that does not mean that you shouldn’t. Harassment is NOT part of climbing any ladder, and the harasser doesn’t deserve their career if they’re going to treat other people like that. If a survivor is brave enough to report their harassment despite all of the victim blaming and corruption and disgusting bullshit that goes on so often, they definitely should, and the system should fucking do something about it. This article is trash for advocating not reporting. In a perfect world, it would always be reported, and action would always be taken against the abuser, and the victim would get the help and support they need in the aftermath and nothing else bad would happen to them. Hell, in a really perfect world, harassment wouldn’t even happen. Unfortunately, our world is far from perfect.
If you are a survivor/victim of harassment and haven’t reported it or are too afraid of repercussions to report it, you are not weak or wrong. That’s the main point of me writing this, because I felt like some of the above comments were insensitive toward you. If you can find the strength to report your abuse, you should, because you deserve justice and the person who did it to you deserves justice. But if you can’t, that’s okay, and I hope that you’re okay. You don’t deserve to have your fears dismissed. You’ve already been treated horribly enough. Please take care of yourself in whatever way you think is best and feels safest.
If you witnesssexual harassment, on the other hand, you should report it immediately. The victim may not feel safe doing so, for the above listed reasons and others, but it is still very important for it to be reported, because the abuser needs to be stopped. You should probably talk to the victim about it, both to show your support for them against their abuser and so that they know about your intent to report it. If they ask you not to report it, I’m not sure what to tell you. Reporting it is the only way anything positive will happen, but it’s a very personal thing for them and could be dangerous. If you do report it, you should probably keep the victim anonymous unless they’ve given you permission to identify them.
………..I don’t even….