This is a guest post I asked Peter Charles to write for GrowMap. Peter’s Digital Age Marketing Group provides marketing services for attorneys. Bullying and Sexual Harassment are both issues that every person must better understand. If you have a small business you may be liable if you don’t – so you WILL want to read this.
New York, NY ~ Have you ever been bullied? Has a co-worker or a boss sexually harassed you? Do you remember how these unwanted aggressions made you feel? Well, many boys, girls, men, and women go home every day after spending hours at school or work, bearing the emotional pain of this abuse.
Bullying and sexual harassment are different, but, in some respects, they are the same. Both involve intimidation and power – an attempt to redress a real or perceived inequality or imbalance of power at work and at school. Both behaviors are also driven by a person’s inability to recognize how detrimental their behavior can be.
Victims of sexual harassment become the targets of sexually driven comments and unwanted touching, while those who are bullied are subjected to insults, malicious rumors and physical aggression. The actions may differ, but the emotional effects they have on the victim are quite similar.
Individuals repeatedly subjected to sexual harassment at work often say the experience made them feel uncomfortable, demeaned, worthless, and objectified. Fear of being groped, grabbed or teased in a sexual manner will eventually result in drop in work performance, or inhibit a students ability to learn.
Bullying is damaging with long-lasting effects
on both the perpetrator’s and the victim’s lives.
Studies have shown that young people who bully in school, have a tendency to carry that behavior into adulthood. People who are bullied suffer from depression, anxiety and loneliness, but there are no laws forbidding this behavior.
Bullying can be done in such insidious ways that unless you are the victim, other people don’t even know its happening, Sandy Herschcovis of the University of Manitoba in Winnipeg said when speaking to Reuters about her study on the effects of workplace bullying.
Hershcovis along with Julian Barling of Ontarios Queens University examined 120 studies conducted over 21 years to evaluate the outcomes of cases where people were bullied or sexually harassed at work.
The researchers evaluated the work stress; physical, psychological and emotional well-being of those exposed to bullying and sexual harassment and found that overall, bullying had a stronger effect on the individual than sexual harassment.
So why did bullying have a worse outcome? The researchers in the Canadian study concluded that because there are no institutional policies or legislation in place to protect the victims, they have no legal way to address the problem.
Sexually harassing behavior is strictly forbidden in schools and the workplace.
The targets have the ability to retain a sexual harassment lawyer to seek damages on their behalf, giving them a sense of justice.
No legislation happens in a vacuum. Leaders are tasked with protecting the general welfare of their citizens. Education and training can dissuade some bullies and harassers, but there are others who can only be stopped for fear of the legal consequences.
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- Social Media Intensifies Bullying; How We Can Prevent Cyber Bullying
- Bullying Continues Because Society CONDONES It – How We Can Stop It
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Peter Charles provides Internet Marketing Services including SEO for law firms. You can connect with Digital Age Marketing Group (DAMG) on G+ and follow them @Sexual_Harass on Twitter.