Friday, October 13, 2017
There is a major sexual harassment case in the news. It triggered a bit of a PTSD flashback for me.
I was sexually harassed. I was the court appointed attorney, the court appointed social worker on the case made unwelcome, repeated, indecent and repulsive sexual advances on me. I was unbelievably upset by it. I tried talking to my supervisor (this happened in the course of my work) and was basically laughed out of her office, and told to suck-it-up and finish the case. I finished the case, but the harassment left me feeling powerless, demeaned, angry and depressed. No one should ever be made to feel that way in the course of their work.
Take the survivors seriously. They have been hurt in ways that no one else can ever understand. The only way to stop harassment is to speak up, to stand up, to tell the harasser that their behavior is wrong, if not criminal.
The social worker went on to continue harassing others, it was two or three years before the SW was fired and license was revoked. Maybe if I had spoken up louder, maybe if I had been taken seriously by my boss, others would have been spared.