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Sexually harassed but no one believes me


The Harvey Weinstein revelations have highlighted a surprising ignorance about an issue that affects every workplace. Mon 16 Oct T he aftermath of the Harvey Weinstein revelations has been depressing in that it has led people to canvass the opinion of Woody Allen, heartening in the testimonies heard that were previously ignored, dispiriting in the sloshing of the inevitable she-asked-for-it backwaters, cheering in the unleashed female solidarity.

But it has also been unearthed a weird level of ignorance around the whole issue of sexual harassment.

For the avoidance of doubt, this is the harassment The Equality Act of has this definition: The humiliation or intimidation of sexual harassment lies in making someone feel that their physical attributes are their main value to the workplace, which undermines any skills or talent or insights or hard work they may also have brought.

About one in five women do report it. Their outcomes are poor: The coalition government introduced employment tribunal feeswhich made discrimination cases prohibitively expensive, especially for low-paid workers, until the supreme court ruled them illegal earlier this year. I would say to the government: The other structural conversation to have about this, apart from power, is shame.

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Recognising them, their sense of shame, knowing that their entry into the public world is marked for ever by that. I think the politics of humiliation, which is at the centre of all this, has been erased from the discourse.