Do you know what to do to challenge harassment?
What is harassment?
Sexual harassment is not simple to define as a list of behaviours, but it can be anything that makes your customers or employees feel uncomfortable, most generally either verbal or physical sexual behaviour towards a person without consent.
- Unwanted whistling
- Sexist, homophobic or transphobic slurs
- Persistent requests for someone’s name, number or destination after they’ve said no
- Sexual names, comments and demands
- Public masturbation
- Taking photos without consent
- Sexual touching
While our training explores harassment in the context of sexual violence, it is critical to acknowledge that harassment is a form of power based violence, and people can be targeted for a variety of reasons, many of which intersect.“Power based personal violence is rooted in the assertion of power, control and/or intimidation with the intent to harm another (source)." Harassment therefore can be rooted in ableism, racism, xenophobia, classism, homophobia, transphobia, slutshaming, body shaming islamophobia , or any variety of combinations.
Wow, that's awful. How often is it happening?
Too often. 43% of Canadian women have been harassed at work. 67% of all Canadians say they personally know at least one woman who has been sexually or physically assaulted. And stories like this, this, this, and this are unfortunately all too common.
- 77% of stalking victims are women.
- 21% of people between 18 and 34 incorrectly believe sending an explicit photo, text or email counts as consent.
- 45% of perpetrators were identified as a casual acquaintance or friend. Statistics Canada 2011.
- 25% of sexual assaults against women were committed by a stranger.
- 1,397 sexual assaults occur in Canada every day.
- Alcohol is the most common substance in Drug Facilitated Sexual Assault and that 1 in 5 sexual assaults are drug facilitated and that there are a variety of drugs, including alcohol, used by perpetrators to incapacitate their victims.
Yea but, is it that bad in Vancouver? Do we really need something like GNO?
Incidents of non-penetration sexual assaults (i.e. a grope, grab or kiss) are on the rise in Vancouver.
- Most of the assaults are committed by strangers to the victim
- The most vulnerable age groups are those in over-25 years and the 19-to-24 age group categories
- Sexual assaults occur mainly during the late evening and early morning
- Alcohol in some capacity, was involved in about 31 to 43% of sexual assaults incidents over the last three years.
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