Understanding Sexual Assault and Harassment, and How They Can
Impact Your Business
You probably know terms like sexual assault and harassment. If you're a business owner, then you need
to make sure that sort of thing never takes place. You want everyone to feel completely comfortable
and safe at your place of business, and that means having strict policies in place that prohibit that kind
If you’re unsure what constitutes sexual assault or harassment in a workplace environment or
elsewhere, we’ll cover that right now. We’ll also talk about what a sexual assault or harassment incident
can do to your business.
How Big of a Problem Are Sexual Assault and Harassment?
If you’re wondering whether sexual harassment or assault are as big of a deal as we are making them
out to be, the answer is that they very much are. There are all kinds of stats that back that up. For
instance, 2019 alone saw over 650,000 female rape cases in the US.
The #MeToo movement also highlighted this issue recently. Think about cases like Harvey Weinstein,
where you have a powerful, influential person who preyed on victims for decades. There are many more
individuals worth mentioning as well, like Michael Jackson, Bill Cosby, Louis CK, Kevin Spacey, and
dozens of others.
What Constitutes Sexual Assault or Harassment in the Workplace?
It seems evident what someone means when they’re referring to sexual assault in the workplace.
Obviously, rape or forcible touching are never appropriate. Everyone should know that, and your
business should have a zero-tolerance policy.
Sexual harassment is where some people try to claim ignorance. They might engage in workplace
behavior that they claim is just joking or kidding around, but the individual on the receiving end might
not view it that way at all.
It’s best to refrain from talking about any sexual matters in the workplace. That includes telling jokes
with sexual overtones. It includes an employee propositioning another one, whistling at them, asking