Monday, February 29, 2016

Ten things that shouldn't need explaining regarding sexual harassment.

1. When you sexually harass someone, you don't get to complain when you get reported.

1a. If you continue to bug the person you harassed about reporting you, that, my friends, is continued harassment.

2. It doesn't have to be actual touching.

3. It isn't something you have the right to blow off as "just a joke." If you harass someone, it is very real to them and you don't have the right to pretend that it isn't.

4. Men can be victims of it same as women can, even though it just isn't as frequent in this society.

5. That said, their experiences are just as valid and real as those of women.

6. No, sexual harassment is not even in the same ballpark torment-wise as actual sexual assault, but the fact that you didn't rape or molest someone isn't an excuse for you to harass them.

7. Each and every person on this earth has inherent dignity and worth, two things that you don't have the right to take away or damage just because you are bored or turned on or any other adjective.

7a. Don't give them value because they are someone's "wife/mother/daughter/sister" or "husband/father/son/brother." Give them value because they are a person, created in the image of God as His greatest treasure.

8. Do not dare invalidate the feelings of someone who has had to deal with being sexually harassed, particularly by someone in their day-to-day lives. The feeling of being seen as nothing more than someone to be used or objectified is disgusting and damaging.

9. I know we will likely all do it at some point, even to a small extent, and I know that it's far too common in this society, but that doesn't make it okay in any way, shape, or form. It is not excusable. End of discussion.

10. It can be stopped. It doesn't have to happen. We can stand up for each other and stop it when we see it. We can do better. We can be better.

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