Sexual Harassment 101

Sexual Harassment 101

Sexual Harassment is a very harsh reality that exists worldwide. From schools to trainings up until one is hired and employed, sexual harassment may or, most often than not, will happen. asics kinsei Kånken Rucksack The UN Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women has reported that, “Between 40 and 50 percent of women in European Union countries experience unwanted sexual advances, physical contact or other forms of sexual harassment at work,” “In the United States, 83 percent of girls aged 12 to 16 experienced some form of sexual harassment in public schools,” and that, “Across Asia, studies in Japan, Malaysia, the Philippines and South Korea show that 30 to 40 percent of women suffer workplace sexual harassment.” Sadly, the statistics reported are just recent data and one can only imagine what it was like for women before 1995 when Republic Act No. 7877 took effect. bottes ugg Before R.A. asics duomax Fjallraven Kanken Backpack No. Fjallraven Kanken Rucksack 7877 took effect, women had to endure in silence the lewd jokes, malicious stares or comments, and or other sexual advances in school or in the workplace in order to keep their jobs or positions or to avoid failing their subjects. Mochilas Kanken For those who refused to tolerate such degrading acts, they had no recourse but to file cases in court for “acts of lasciviousness” or “slander by deed.” R.A. No. 7877 is entitled,” An Act Declaring Sexual Harassment Unlawful in the Employment, Education or Training Environment, and for Other Purposes ” or the “ Anti-Sexual Harassment Act of 1995 ” which was approved on the 14th of February, 1995 and became effective on the 5th of March, 1995. ugg classic Fjällräven Kanken Rucksack Under the Act, sexual harassment was defined as,“ a request for a sexual favor, accepted or not, from an employer, employee, manager, teacher, instructor, professor, coach, trainer or other persons who have authority, influence or moral ascendancy over another. ” The Act punishes not only the persons directly involved but shall cover those persons who have cooperated in the commission of the crime. Sexual Harassment, under such Act, may take place as long as there is a moral ascendancy and a difference in rank between the perpetrator and the victim and may happen anywhere, not only within the confines of the office, school, or training institution, where the parties may be. Unfortunately, after some analysis, it would seem that such Act covers only instances where the ranks or positions of the offender and victim are different and excludes acts that may be considered as sexual harassment between people of equal position or status. Under the Philippine Civil Service Commission Resolution No. 01-0940, Sexual harassment may come in many forms: Physical through malicious touching, overt sexual advances, or gestures with lewd insinuations; Verbal though lurid remarks or sexual demands; Use of Objects, Pictures, Letters or Notes with sexual underpinnings; and other Analogous forms. Sexual harassment may also take place in the Workplace, School, or Training Institutions or other locations where the parties were located as a result of such work, education or training responsibilities or relations. It may also take place at work, education, or training-related social functions; during official business outside of the school, work, or training institution; at official conferences, symposia, or training sessions; or via telephone, cellular phone, fax machine, or e-mail. Sexual Harassment, though punishable, is an offense which may be difficult prove. nike air presto Fjallraven Kanken Big In order to avoid being a victim, you must be mindful and conscious of the things happening around you. Here are some things that HR can share with employees to avoid sexual harassment in the workplace:

  1. Say “NO” and resist loudly enough for others to hear but not too loud that people might dismiss your reaction as an exaggeration. Be loud yet polite and firm in rejecting the advances.
  2. Document the event via pictures, videos, or written notes of the time, date, place, names of offender and witnesses, and the harassment done to you;
  3. Inform someone of what happened immediately. Go to your friends, officemates, supervisor or manager, or the Human Resources personnel themselves and tell them what happened to you.
  4. Review your company or school rules and regulations and file a formal complaint accordingly with the proper authority.

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