Sexual harassment and assault are among the most costly and damaging problems in our society. No industry sector is immune to the challenges and risks presented by systemic harassment and sexual assault. Left unchecked, sexual harassment and assault lead to significant human suffering, job performance and productivity issues, loss of trust, destructive behaviors, massive liability exposure and institutional brand damage.
The focus of this paper is to outline existing challenges facing victims of sexual harassment and assault, and offer prevention strategies that can improve reporting rates, create more trust in the reporting process and lead to more accountability for perpetrators. Preventing sexual harassment and assault in the workplace is not only the right and moral thing to do, but it’s good for business as well.