When Should You Call Out Sexual Harassment?

Since The New York Times published an investigation of film producer Harvey Weinstein and the sexual harassment allegations made against him, more and more actresses have been speaking out. Just some of the many who have come forth about their own personal experiences of abuse with Weinstein are Ashley Judd, Rose McGowan, Angelina Jolie, Gwyneth Paltrow and Cara Delevingne, with some of these unfortunate instances dating back to the 1990s.

Let’s face it—there are times when society can make a woman feel like she is not being taken seriously. The fact that more and more individuals are speaking up is definitely a good thing. But sadly, women still continue to be assaulted, whether on the street, in the workplace, or even at home.

For those of you who are still a little confused about what exactly the term means, sexual harassment is any kind of unwelcome sexual advances or bullying in a sexual nature, and can be committed by anyone of any gender.

To make things more specific, Rainn.org states that some forms of sexual harassment can include the following:

1. Conditions of employment that is dependent on sexual favors


2. Physical acts of sexual assault

3. Requests for sexual favors

4. Verbal harassment of a sexual nature

5. Any unwanted touching/physical contact

6. Sexual advances that are unwelcome

When something makes you feel uncomfortable, it’s easy to doubt yourself and to consider whether it really was considered as harassment. However, it is important to remember that any form of harassment is wrong and that you should have a right to protect yourself.

Featured image: Fifty Shades Darker (film)

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