Sexual Harassment is an age long epidemic which most women have had to face or deal with. Sometimes men too are harassed but the figures are high for women.The truth is that every woman has a story to tell! Unfortunately those stories are left somewhere in the corner of their hearts.
The society doesn’t make it any easier for a woman and that is why she finds it difficult to tell her story while the perpetrator is out there looking for his next victim. If she dares speak out, she gets most of the blame for what has happened to her.
She is made to feel ashamed and worthless. Her reputation is dragged in the mud and might even affect her future. Considering all this a woman keeps mute and suffer the emotional trauma all alone without speaking up or seeking help.
What is Sexual Harassment? For the avoidance of doubt, sexual harassment involves the making of unwanted sexual advances or obscene remarks. As a woman if someone makes an unwanted sexual advances which includes but not limited to such as hitting your bum, or fondling with your breast or touching you in an uncomfortable way this is sexual harassment.
Don’t ever keep silent when you face this. Speak out. You are not less a human and as such should not keep quiet because of the society or what people would say. This act has been going on against women for a long time because the perpetrators knows that most victims won’t speak out. They know that the society hasn’t made it difficult for women to talk about this so they continue in their evil act.
Remember that speaking out against sexual harassment starts with you. If you don’t speak out no one will know what has happened to you and the next victim won’t be saved. There is nothing to be ashamed of, it is never your fault that a randy human being could not control himself, so speak up.
The society and how women are viewed can only change when you speak up and say enough is enough. It is your body and you have the right to how any other person treats it. If you keep quiet the act will continue against you.
If you can’t confront the perpetrator, then speak to someone else you trust about this. It could be your parents or a friend but ensure the perpetrator is brought to book. Don’t ever keep silent or keep your story in a dark place in your heart. It will only torment you and make you sad especially each time you see the perpetrator.
Other times too women have kept silent because they do not want to jeopardize their job or career especially if the perpetrator is their boss. You need to decide which is more important to you, is it your career or your self-worth? Is it your career or inner peace?
Sometimes you feel that by speaking up you might lose your job or your career might be on the line but you are very wrong. These are just ideas that the society has passed on to you to keep you captive. You will be amazed that any of that won’t happen when you speak up but instead your boss will be the one to face the music.
Never take sexual harassment lying low. No one has the right to touch you or speak to you in an obscene way. Let it all out! If you don’t speak out is like protecting the perpetrator and leaving other women unprotected.
I say it again, there is nothing to be ashamed of, it is never your fault. Remember that someone out there is ready to listen to your story, someone cares! Never feel no one would be interested in your story or that no one would believe you, just SPEAK OUT!