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What are some unfair myths about sexual harassment?

There is always a lot of misinformation about sexual harassment that circulates throughout society. Some people believe that it's a result of uncontrolled lust and passion that men can't be expected to contain under certain circumstances. Others believe that only women can be victims. Some others think that those who don't fight are giving permission.

The reality is very different from what these myths presume. In truth, sexual violence can happen to anyone at any time. Harassment can take place at work, when you're in the grocery store or even while going through a fast-food drive-thru.

The problem with these myths is that they assume that situations are straightforward. For example, if someone doesn't fight back, they must be okay with it. That's not true; Someone may not fight back out of fear or because they know that they'll be retaliated against (and it will be worse than what they're already dealing with).

Another issue is the notion that sexual harassment is only a female concern. Of course, anyone can be harassed and should stand up to harassment when it takes place. Men and women alike do have the control to hold back and not act on emotion. Sexual assault, harassment and abuse are all about control and power, nothing more or less.

Our website has more information about sexual harassment in the workplace and what you should do if you've been victimized. You are not alone in dealing with this and should be able to seek help with your claim. You deserve to work in a safe work environment.

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