“It doesn’t happen as often as sexual harassment of women by men but sexual harassment of males in workplaces is also very common.”
According to the research, conducted by Professor Paula McDonald from the QUT Business School and Professor Sara Charlesworth from RMIT, women were accused of sexually harassing men in 5 percent of cases and men accused other men in 11 percent of cases.
Sexual harassment cases filed by men made up 16.4 percent of the 11,717 sexual harassment charges in the fiscal year 2010, compared to about 8 percent in 1990, according to the EEOC.
Many people think harassment is limited to women but the truth underlies in the fact that men are also victims of sexual harassment. Sexual harassment is indeed becoming a serious issue, and some men are deciding not to just brush aside the unwelcome advances from women and men.
Over the 15 years, the cases filed by men for harassment has increased. Men do not easily speak out of this issue with the fear of being mocked by co-workers. Men feel isolated speaking and discussing about sexual harassment.
There are more female bosses in the workplace today than there were just 10 years ago, but unfortunately, men don’t have a corner on the rude behavior market. There is even a law which protects men from such harassment, Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.
“She would caress my shoulders and neck, and pinched my buttocks,” a man confessed in his statement.
The three male employees were truck drivers and they all complained about one manager whose behavior included “sexually offensive comments and unwanted physical contact.”
The biggest challenge for men is to figure out what to do when it happens. The fact of key importance is to add personal boundaries to it. You should first confront the harasser. Tell them clearly and without wavering that you do not appreciate that type of behavior and you want it to stop. Don’t joke around with the individual and don’t be wishy-washy, harassers can smell fear. If it is happening at a workplace, talk to your manager, but if the harasser is your manager, go above his or her head to their supervisor. Your next step if nothing is resolved is the HR office.
She grabbed me; I wanted to slap her, but couldn’t, as I’ve been taught to respect women.
We’ve all become quite touchy in the workplace and often take what our colleagues say the wrong way. But, we’re working in close quarters with a mixed bag of individuals that do and say stuff we might like or may not like.
“I was once sexually harassed by my professor during a lecture in class…I was so embarrassed that I left the room without looking back. I contacted the head of the school and they couldn’t do anything because he was the head of the history department.”
Bangalore, Chennai, Delhi, Hyderabad, Kolkata, Mumbai, and Pune are the places with a maximum number of male sexual harassment.
In Bangalore, 51% of the respondents had been sexually harassed, while, in Delhi and Hyderabad, 31% and 28% of those surveyed said men are as vulnerable to sexual harassment as women.
Neha is pursuing Masters in Journalism. She is an enthusiast writer and literature lover. She has her own school of thoughts and doesn't normally go with the cliche.