April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month and with that comes conversation about past and present cases related to sexual assault and harassment in a medical workplace.
There are often cases about healthcare workers being victims of sexual violence and harassment in both smaller and more substantial medical institutions.
- Unwanted sexual attention
- The spread of sexual rumors about an employee
- Often repeated unwanted touching
- Unwanted sexually-driven compliments
- Physical contact without consent
- The use of force, threats, intimidation, and/or the abuse of authority
Cases of sexual assault and harassment are entirely up to the leadership roles of an organization. The higher-ups of an institution are responsible for making the workspace into a safe environment for employees. Safe work environments are often threatened and subject to sexual harassment and assault cases because of:
- Lack of communication
- Dismissive behavior towards cases
- Having less women in leadership roles
Eliminating these issues from the workplace requires education and commitment to the matter at hand. Visit this site for more information about eliminating sexual assault and harassment in the workplace: http://hrlibrary.umn.edu/svaw/harassment/explore/5prevention.htm