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Are men sexually harassed very often in the workplace?

Sexual harassment is something that no one should have to deal with. Sadly, both men and women do. While it's usually seen as an issue for women, men may have a harder time being recognized when they speak out. There is a myth that men are always the accused and never the accuser, but it simply isn't the case.

Men can be, and sometimes are, sexually harassed in the workplace by coworkers, managers, clients and others. In fact, a growing number of men have reported being sexually harassed at work by male and female colleagues and managers. In 2015, there were 6,822 sexual harassment claims filed with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC). Of those, 17.1% were claims made by men.

Why don't men report if they've been victims of sexual harassment?

There are many reasons why men may not report becoming victims of harassment. These may include:

  • The fear of being mocked by coworkers
  • The feat that they won't be believed by others
  • Fear of embarrassment
  • The belief that they should be able to handle the issue on their own

There is no way to know exactly why all people don't report but failing to do so can hinder others from seeing just how big the problem really is.

While many of the claims that take place may not result in big changes in the workplace, the truth is that they should. If harassment is taking place, then those who are harassing others should be held accountable. Everyone has a right to work in a safe, respectful environment, whether they're male or female.

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