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Sexual harassment is defined as behavior characterized by the making of unwelcome and inappropriate sexual remarks or physical advances in a workplace or other professional or social situations. In the workplace, this can happen when men in positions of power exploit their power to satisfy their wants from the women they work with. This exploitation makes for a hostile and apprehensive work environment, which interferes with a woman’s safety, mental health and work performance. Psychologist Shawn Burn, suggests that men in high positions will sometimes use intimidation and sexual harassment as a way of establishing what she calls their “occupational territory.”
Many men with high workplace positions have historically used their power to their sole advantage, knowing that they would receive no consequences, since these cases are often swept under the rug. According to the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, testimony in 2015 provided that 1 in 4 women experience sexual harassment in the workplace. A quid pro quo is often expected of women by men in the workplace and involves a deserved benefit for the woman on the condition that she provides a sexual favor to the man. This instills the idea in women that no matter how hard they work and how determined they are, their worth and hard work is only accredited by their sexuality. In order to make work environments more safe and comfortable for women, we must discuss what it means to work respectfully with our coworkers and supervisors and raise awareness through means of education.