Updated 01 August 2013

Sexually harassed at work?

Many people are the targets of sexual harassment at work. You don't have to keep quiet to keep your job.

Jenny always wears long sleeves to work - even in mid-summer. The reason? The constant sexual remarks made by her supervisor about her appearance, what a lucky man her husband must be, how badly he would like to take her on a date and how much he would like to be stuck alone in the lift with her.

Why are women hesitant to take action against sexual harassment?
"For the same reason as many rapes go unreported in South Africa," says Ilse Terblanche, Cape Town psychologist. "Women fear that they will be caught in a cycle where the victim gets blamed for what happened or that they will not be taken seriously if disciplinary procedures were to follow."


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