“For too long women have not been heard or believed if they dared to speak their truth to the power of those men. But their time is up. I want all the girls watching here and now to know, that a new day is on the horizon.”
Statistics show that 54% (272) had experienced some form of workplace sexual harassment. 27% of the 272 respondents experienced harassment by their colleague, while 17% were harassed by their superior. 79% of the victims were women; 21% were men. 75% of workplace harassment victims experienced retaliation when they spoke up. 1 in 3 women between the ages of 18-34 has been sexually harassed at work, and 81% of women have been verbally sexually harassed (jokes, name-calling, etc.) It was also found that 65% of all women had experienced street harassment. Among all women, 23% had been sexually touched, 20% had been followed, and 9% had been forced to do something sexual. Among men, 25% had been street harassed.
After doing some researches, this is what I found. And this needs to stop.
As disgusted as I am with the amount of sexual harassment and inappropriate actions happening to both men and women, dodging the bullet and letting it hurt others is the most shameful act there is. Firstly, let’s clear something out. BOTH women and men experience harassment. But as you can tell, women have it at higher rates. And this does not mean to only sympathize with women because both genders experience it. Now, let’s talk about why I decided to write this post today. It’s because too many women don’t speak up in the fear of not being believed or even worse, being shamed. Yes, people do shame women even though they’re the victims! Saying how she was asking for it because her clothes were too revealing or how she was the one seducing the man or how she’s lying because she wants attention. Let me make something clear here: NEVER EVER ASSUME SOMEONE IS “ASKING FOR IT” BECAUSE NO ONE “ASKS FOR IT”. AND NEVER EVER ACCUSE SOMEONE WHO CLAIMS TO BE HARASSED OF LYING OR SEEKING ATTENTION.
You wanna know why? Because this is what keeps women and young girls from standing up to their harassers most of the time. Because you are helping harassers all over the world when you do this. Because when you do this you are helping in destroying her more and more everyday. Because you are straight up supporting how even though she’s the victim, she’s the one who will pay the price of his mistakes because she was born a girl and he was born a boy. We all need, we all have to speak up and raise our voices, because the more people that speak up, the more women are empowered and the more harassers are put to justice. Girls, don’t let someone force you into doing something you don’t want to do. And don’t let them silence you, speak up! It’s hard but remember it’s not only affecting you: your harasser will most probably hurt other women and he probably has before. So let this be what encourages you. Don’t do it just for yourself- do it for yourself and for every other woman. Do it for justice. And men, thank you for those who honored this word and actually earned it.
A no is a no… and silence is a no too.