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Old 9th July 2008, 05:46 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Sexual harassment widespread at the workplace

Sexual harassment widespread at the workplace

OVER HALF of 500 people surveyed by women's group Aware said they have been sexually harassed in the workplace.

Of these, one in five was a man.

Many of them said they have been sexually harassed several times, suggesting that this tends not to be a one-off, isolated event.

More than 10 per cent reported receiving 'career threats such as termination, or withholding of promotion' if they did not go along.

These are some of the key findings in the 16-month study by Aware to find out awareness and attitudes towards workplace sexual harassment in Singapore.

The study is the second by Aware - the first was done in 1994 but it focused mainly on Japanese companies in Singapore.

On why it decided to carry out a second survey, Ms Leigh Pasqual, chairman of the Aware sub-committee on workplace sexual harassment, said: 'We had a sense of indignation at the kinds of things we were hearing from our helpline.'

'The number of calls related to this is not a huge increase but it was the nature of the calls that caused some alarm for us.'

Its helpline received eight calls related to sexual harassment in 2006, which increased to 19 last year.

The survey also showed that nearly seven in ten of the respondents said they were not aware of any policies in their workplace on sexual harassment.

Eleven per cent said they received career threats such as termination or withholding of promotion if they did not comply with requests for a date or some forms of sexual favours.

Aware's president Constance Singam said there is a greater need now to acknowledge the existence of sexual harassment in the workplace.

'We need to raise awarness of the harassment, its definition and tell women and men that it's not acceptable,' said Ms Singam, urging women to speak up and say no, when being harassed.

'Government policies have to recognise and follow it up with legislation to a level of zero tolerance,' she added.

Labour MP Halimah Yacob said the statistics were higher than she had expected.

'As more women are entering the workplace, companies should consider putting in place policies to prevent the occurrence of sexual harassment and a system for such grievances to be addressed fairly when they are raised, said Mdm Yacob.

'Dismissing such complaints or trying to suppress them is not the right options.'

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Re: Sexual harassment widespread at the workplace

Men also sexually harass? Hmm...

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Old 9th July 2008, 05:52 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Yeah, I know. I also find it hard to believe.

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this world is a crazy place

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Maybe the Japs are crazy over Singapore men.

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Re: Sexual harassment widespread at the workplace

Maybe the male boss squeeze his engineers' butts.

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Maybe the male boss squeeze his engineers' butts.
You had been squeeze before?

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Re: Sexual harassment widespread at the workplace

tis kind of thing also have when working wor

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Working also can kena...O_O

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Re: Sexual harassment widespread at the workplace

no need by touchin physically...
sayin suggestive things or doin suggestive actions also considered sexual harassment...

but it s a thin line...


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Re: Sexual harassment widespread at the workplace

Why Japanese companies are targetted?

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OMG...

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hmmm... now we should think is the men harassed by female or... male?


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Surprised to hear that even men being harassed.

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More than half of respondents in women's group survey say they suffered sexual harassment at work

By Genevieve Jiang
July 11, 2008


AN elderly male doctor kept asking his female subordinate to wear perfume and 'sexy clothing'.

He constantly commented on whether she looked sexy enough, and even asked her to cut his toenails and rub cream on his elbows.

He also asked her to accompany him to social events as an escort.

The nurse in a private clinic, in her 20s, felt so afraid she considered leaving her job. She called women's activist group Aware (Association of Women for Action and Research) for help earlier this year.

Her story, while disturbing, is an oft-untold yet familiar one.

The first published study on workplace sexual harassment here, released yesterday by Aware, showed that more than half of the 500 people surveyed had experienced some form of sexual harassment at work.

The majority of victims were women aged 21 to 25. Most were harassed by either a colleague or superior.

Said Ms Leigh Pasqual, chairman of Aware's sub-committee on workplace sexual harassment: 'The high percentage of people who have experienced sexual harassment is shocking. It is an issue we need to bring out of the shadows and do something about.'

But the definition of sexual harassment varies across cultures and workplaces, and can take verbal, visual, or physical form.

Said Ms Pasqual: 'The essential common denominator is that it has to be unwanted and unwelcomed by the recipient.'

Aware had surveyed 500 adults, both men and women, aged below 20 to above 55, between August and December last year via the organisation's website and through street surveys.

Companies here were also approached to share their policies against sexual harassment.

But out of 92 companies approached between April last year and February this year, including local and foreign organisations from both private and public sectors, only seven shared their policies.

A staff member from one of the organisations who declined to respond told Aware that they had no inputs and did not believe such a problem existed in Singapore.

The Manpower Ministry also told Aware that there were no official guidelines for employers on workplace sexual harassment, and had no immediate plans to develop such guidelines. Companies with specific policies against sexual harassment include Singapore Airlines and The Body Shop.

Said Ms Pasqual: 'Some 61 companies did not respond to us at all, while 23 declined after initial contact.

'Such responses are telling in that companies here are either unaware of the issue or reluctant to broach the subject. Many may not have policies in place to address the problem.

'We hope that this survey will be a starting point for further research and change.'

For now, Aware advises victims to come forward and not suffer in silence.

Said Ms Pasqual: 'Talk about it to friends, family, and colleagues to ease your emotional distress.

'Keep a written record of all the incidents of harassment in detail and make a report to your organisation.

'Seek help at centres that provide trauma counselling such as family service centres. There is no need to suffer alone.'


Victims of sexual harassment can call Aware's helpline at 1800-774-5935.

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Physical
  • Being brushed against or touched in an unwelcome or discomforting way
  • Being stood very close to or cornered
  • Being forcibly kissed or hugged, or made to touch someone
  • Sexual assault, rape
A woman in her 20s was taking a break in the back room of the restaurant where she worked.

Her male colleague leaned over her, touched her breast and pressed on her until he ejaculated on her.

Before this, he had touched her inappropriately many times, despite her protests.

She developed a fear of men and became nervous at work. She also could not sleep at night.

She eventually reported the incident to her boss, who transferred her to a new workplace.

The harasser is still employed in the organisation.

Visual
  • Repeatedly receiving e-mails, instant messages and SMSes containing unwelcome and sexually explicit language
  • Having someone expose their private parts to you, or repeatedly stare at your body parts in an unwelcome and discomforting way
  • Being made to repeatedly look at sexually explicit images, or shown obscene sexual gestures
A woman was constantly stared at by her male colleague.

He would intentionally stop by her office door and stare at her.

She spoke to her boss, who then decided to have a meeting with both the harasser and the woman.

But during the meeting, she was made to feel humiliated.

She now feels nervous and worried at work.

Verbal
  • Being called offensive terms like 'bitch', 'bimbo', 'ah-kua'
  • Getting personal comments about body parts or sex life
  • Having to listen to unwelcome dirty jokes
  • Being pestered for dates or getting unwelcome sexual invitations
  • Being repeatedly subjected to sexually suggestive, obscene or insulting sounds
A woman working at a bank went to see a client at his home.

During her presentation, he kept asking her personal questions, such as whether she was single and what kind of men she liked.

After the meeting, when she offered her hand for a handshake, he pulled her towards him for a hug and a kiss on the cheek.

She reported the incident to her boss, who agreed to speak with the client.

Source: http://newpaper.asia1.com.sg/news/st...70424,00.html?

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Re: Boss: Cut my toenails

On sexual harassment - Where is the redress?

By Genevieve Jiang
July 11, 2008


JANE reported her colleague to the company's human resource department after he started making offensive personal comments to her.

Once, he deliberately bumped into her breast.

The incident was treated by her company as a personal conflict, instead of sexual harassment, and Jane was advised to get over it.

The woman, in her 40s, who works in the food and beverage industry, felt so humiliated and helpless, she resigned.

Stories like these are on the rise here. In 2006, Aware got eight calls on sexual harassment. This number more than doubled to 19 last year.

What is more alarming is the apparent lack of redress for victims.

Aware's survey showed that only seven out of the 92 companies approached had specific policies in place against sexual harassment.

Criminal law deals with physical or sexual assault, indecent exposure, or outrage of modesty. But often, sexual harassment is more subtle - a suggestive stare, a sexual joke, or being called an offensive name.

LITIGATION DIFFICULT
Unless the victim can prove in court that such behaviour has created an unsafe work environment, litigation can be lengthy, expensive and difficult.

There is no law here against sexual harassment.

The difficulty in legislation lies in the definition of the crime.

Criminal lawyer Amolat Singh said: 'How do you legislate something with a definition that differs from person to person?'

The answer, then, must lie with individual companies.

Human resource practitioner Paul Heng, founder of NeXT Career Consulting Group, Asia, said most companies do not have policies against sexual harassment because it is not seen as widespread here.

Attitudes, then, must change.

Staff can be taught to recognise and deal with the problem. And clear disciplinary policies can be put in place to stop sexual harassment.

Source: http://newpaper.asia1.com.sg/news/st...70420,00.html?

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A woman in her 20s was taking a break in the back room of the restaurant where she worked.

Her male colleague leaned over her, touched her breast and pressed on her until he ejaculated on her.
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STUPID MEN!

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let kills these bastard..

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A woman in her 20s was taking a break in the back room of the restaurant where she worked.

Her male colleague leaned over her, touched her breast and pressed on her until he ejaculated on her.
In his pants or what?

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