Drawing the Line on Workplace Sexual Harassment Webinar Follow-up

September 24, 2015
Nicole Pietsch, B.A., Coordinator, Ontario Coalition of Rape Crisis Centres
Julie Lalonde, M.A., Project Manager Draw-the-line.ca Campaign

Almost half of all women will say they have experienced sexual harassment at work or in other public spaces. Comments from “You’d look good on me” to groping, flashing and assault are a daily reality for women and LGBTQ individuals, but street (and other forms of) harassment is rarely reported, and culturally accepted as ‘the price you pay’ for being a woman or for being gay[1].  When we look away or don’t know what to do, we quietly support a threatening workplace.  Note: This webinar will discuss workplace-situated sexual harassment, however skill-building and information may also be applicable to addressing situations of school-based or street harassment.

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  4. Presentation Slides

  5. Recommended Resources from Julie Lalonde and Nicole Pietsch

  6. References
    • Coates, L. and Allan Wade. “Telling it Like it Isn’t: Obscuring Perpetrator Responsibility for Violent Crime”. Discourse & Society 2004: 15, 503
    • Vopni, V. “Young Women’s Experiences with Reporting Sexual Assault to Police” in Canadian Woman Studies 25 (1,2) (Winter/Spring 2006), 110
    • Patterson, D. (2011). The impact of detectives’ manner of questioning on rape victims’ disclosure. Violence Against Women, 17(11), 1349-1373.
    • Hollaback: You Have the Power to End Street Harassment. Online: http://www.ihollaback.org
    • “I’m Not Thinking of it as Sexual Harassment”: Understanding Harassment Across Race And Citizenship. By S. Welsh, Jacquie Carr, Barbara MacQuarrie and Audrey Huntley.
    • “Workplace Harassment and Violence Report”. 2004. Centre for Research on Violence Against Women and Children. Online: http://www.learningtoendabuse.ca/sites/default/files/WorkplaceHarassmentandViolencereport.pdf
    • CBC News. November 4, 2014. More workplace allegations made against Jian Ghomeshi. Online: http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/toronto/more-workplace-allegations-made-against-jian-ghomeshi-1.2822962
    • Thompson, M., Sitterle, D., Clay, G. & Kingree, J. (2007). Reasons for not reporting victimizations to the police: Do they vary for physical and sexual incidents? Journal of American College Health, 55(5), 277-282.
    • Wolfe and Chiodo, CAMH, 2008, p. 3.
    • Gill, R. and and Angela R. Febbraro. 2013. Experiences and Perceptions of Sexual Harassment in the Canadian Forces Combat Arms. Violence Against Women 19(2) 269–287: 270.
    • Bell, M. in Mary Dore (Director)’s (2014) She’s Beautiful When She’s Angry. See: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt3319508/
    • Draw the Line. Online: www.draw-the-line.ca