RECENT SEXUAL HARASSMENT HEADLINES LOOK LIKE SOMETHING OUT OF MAD MEN. WHY IS THIS STILL HAPPENING? AND WHAT CAN WE DO ABOUT IT?
Spring 2014 wasn’t exactly a banner period for women and sexual harassment and assault.
In mid-May, the New York Times reported that a Fort Hood, Texas, Army sergeant who was a sexual assault prevention and response coordinator was under investigation for managing a prostitution ring. New York magazine published a cover story of celebrity photographer Terry Richards, recounting a long history of sexual harassment allegations. The cover line questioned, “Is Terry Richardson an Artist or a Predator?” as if one excluded the other.
Last week, American Apparel’s board of directors fired founder and CEO Dov Charneyreportedly due to a misuse of company funds and because he allegedly allowed an employee to post online nude photos of a woman who had sued Charney, along with a slew of other allegations of sexual misconduct.
In the media, after claiming that sexual assault victims receive “privileged status” in one of his recent columns, George Will was dropped from exactly one newspaper.
Sexual harassment affects both men and women, but data from the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) shows more than 83% of cases are brought by women in 2011 (the latest year data is available).
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