April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month, and we’re taking a look at sexual assault and sexual harassment in the workplace. They are prevalent issues that can happen to anyone, regardless of gender, age, or job position. Unfortunately, many people still do not report these incidents due to fear of retaliation or disbelief. Below we share statistics around sexual assault and harassment in the workplace and provide tips on what to do if you experience these issues.
According to a survey by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, up to 85% of women have experienced sexual harassment in the workplace, and over 50% of men have reported being sexually harassed at work.
What to do if you experience sexual assault or harassment in the workplace
If you experience sexual assault or harassment in the workplace, it is important to take action. Here are some steps you can take:
- Document the incident: Write down the date, time, and details of the incident. Keep any emails or messages related to the incident.
- Report the incident: Report the incident to your supervisor or HR department. If they do not take action, report it to their supervisor or to an external agency.
- Seek support: Seek support from a therapist, a support group, or a friend. It is important to have someone to talk to and to help you process your emotions.
- Know your rights: Familiarize yourself with your company’s policies on sexual assault and harassment. Know your legal rights and seek legal advice if necessary.
- Take care of yourself: It is important to prioritize your mental and physical health. Take time off work if necessary and engage in self-care activities.
If you or someone you care about is experiencing sexual abuse, please call our 24-hour crisis line at 317.920.9320 to talk with an advocate about your situation and options.