Before You Speak Up or Make a Complaint
Making the right decision when you encounter sexual misconduct in the workplace is one of the most difficult and stressful choices any woman can face. Too often it’s an experience that leaves victims feeling isolated and alone. Many have said they wished they had more information before deciding what to do.
Let’s be crystal clear about one thing at the outset: you have an absolute right in law, and in every basic concept of ethics, to be free in your place of work from unwanted advances, threats, actions, demands, offensive words or physical contact based on your gender. You have a right to a workplace free from sexual assault, sexual harassment or retaliation because you object.
How to deal with sexual misconduct in the workplace when it occurs is a serious career decision. Because the truth is that it can have lasting consequences and life-changing implications. These are often unforeseen, as countless women have discovered, including the founder of The Zero Now Campaign™and so many women who have reached out to her over the years. Having the right information about how to handle a situation can be as important as the legal right to be free from it.
Our resources page will give you links to articles that provide useful decision-making tools. We have also included articles about the risks of going through Human Resources departments.
Every situation, and every decision, is different. That’s why The Zero Now Campaign™ provides a mentoring/support service, without charge, to help women navigate the process of dealing with sexual misconduct before, during and after the incident. We are one of the few online resources to do this. Many women have found that there is no substitute for the advice and perspective of an actual survivor who has walked in their shoes before. Be sure to check out our 3 Must-Knows for Survivor Survival™. They have helped many in your situation.
You can contact us here if you’d like to reach out for support. If you are a survivor, consider contacting us so that you can be part of our mentoring team.
Survivors helping survivors by sharing, learning and supporting are among the biggest weapons for ending sexual misconduct in the workplace and creating a true zero tolerance culture.