One of the many pillars of support women need when confronting sexual misconduct in the workplace is the voice of other women who have walked in their shoes. They are hard to find.
A common observation that many victims make is that when they needed support from their sisters on the job, it was nowhere to be found. The chilling sense of being shunned by colleagues, and even ostracized, is frequent for women who choose to stand up and speak out for their right to be free from sexual harassment and abuse. It was for me. Yet this is one of the most difficult times any woman will ever face. We should not have to go through it alone.
That’s why we went beyond the traditional #MeToo focus and created the mentoring and coaching resource at ZeroNow™. It’s intended to be preventative rather than reactive.
With it, survivors who have experienced the harm and disruption of sexual assault, sexual harassment, and bullying in the industries and public sector workplaces that are most vulnerable are available to help other women navigate through their options. The right mentoring can help to reduce workplace risks and allow women to make informed decisions along the way when incidents occur. Our perspectives and advice are grounded in the real world experiences and personal narratives of hundreds of victims who have reached out to us over the years.
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. That’s what the ZeroNow™ coaching and mentoring resource is all about.
Sometimes just listening with an experienced ear and offering a compassionate voice is all that’s needed.
- If you are a survivor of sexual misconduct who would like to share the wisdom of your experience and join ZeroNow’s™ mentoring and coaching team, let me know. I’ve been doing this for several years, and I know what a big difference it can make in the lives of the women most affected.
- If you are a woman struggling with sexual misconduct in your workplace, or with the difficulties that so many of us face in resuming our careers, and would appreciate the perspective and support of someone who has been there, you can contact me here.
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.
—Kathleen Finlay, founder The Zero Now Campaign™