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Resources for Men Dealing with Workplace Sexual Harassment

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Sexual harassment in the workplace is a serious issue that affects individuals regardless of gender. While it's commonly associated with women, men can also be victims of workplace harassment. In Scotland, UK, there's a growing awareness of this problem, and it's important to provide support and resources for men who find themselves in such situations. 

This blog aims to highlight some valuable resources and support networks available specifically for men affected by workplace sexual harassment in Scotland.

What is Workplace Sexual Harassment?

Sexual Harassment at Work

Only 15% of male victims reported the sexual harassment to their employer.

Before diving into resources, it's crucial to understand what constitutes sexual harassment in the workplace. It can include unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, or other verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature. This behavior creates a hostile or intimidating work environment and can have serious psychological and professional consequences for the victim.

Statistics

According to a survey by the Scottish Government:

  • 27% of men in Scotland reported experiencing some form of sexual harassment in the workplace.
  • Only 15% of male victims reported the harassment to their employer.
  • 18% of men say they feel pressured to change their position in their organisation or quit.

What Steps Should You Take?

Sexual Harassment in the Workplace

Support for Victims of Sexual Harassment in the Workplace.

If you experience sexual harassment in the workplace, here are the steps you should take:

  1. Document the Incident: Keep a detailed record of the harassment, including dates, times, and descriptions of what happened.
  2. Report to HR or Management: Inform HR or a supervisor about the harassment as soon as possible, following the company's reporting procedures.
  3. Seek Support: Reach out to supportive colleagues, friends, or external support services for guidance and emotional support.
  4. Explore Legal Options: Consider seeking legal advice from organisations such as EHRC Scotland or consulting with employment law experts to understand your rights and options.
  5. Follow-up: Keep track of any actions taken by the employer in response to your report and follow up if necessary to ensure the issue is addressed effectively.

Helpful Resources

If you're a man facing sexual harassment in the workplace, it's crucial to know that you're not alone and there are resources to help you:

  1. Equality Advisory Support Service (EASS): EASS provides guidance and information on discrimination and human rights issues, including sexual harassment. You can contact them for advice on your rights and options for recourse. Contact EASS
  2. ACAS (Advisory, Conciliation and Arbitration Service): ACAS offers free and impartial advice on workplace relations and employment law. They can provide guidance on how to address and resolve issues of sexual harassment in the workplace.
  3. Police Scotland: If the harassment involves criminal behavior such as assault or stalking, you should contact Police Scotland to report the incident. Online Reporting Form
  4. Trade Unions: If you're a member of a trade union, they can offer support and representation. They can advocate on your behalf and help guide the grievance procedure within your workplace. Joining a Trade Union
  5. Legal Advice: Consider seeking legal advice from employment law experts. They can provide personalised advice on your situation and help you understand your legal rights. 
  6. Employer's Policies and Procedures: Familiarise yourself with your employer's policies and procedures regarding harassment and grievance resolution. Follow the steps outlined in these policies to formally report the harassment.
  7. Speak to HR: If your workplace has a Human Resources department, consider speaking to them about the harassment. They should take your concerns seriously and initiate an investigation.
  8. Support Groups and Helplines: There are organisations and helplines that offer support to victims of sexual harassment. While some may be gender-specific, many offer support regardless of gender.
    • Rape Crisis Scotland: Provides support and information to anyone affected by sexual violence. While their services primarily focus on women, they may still offer support and guidance to men. Helpline
    • Survivors UK: Offers support for men who have experienced sexual abuse or assault. They provide helpline support, online chat, and counseling services. Helpline

Remember, it's essential to document any incidents of harassment, including dates, times, and details of what happened. This documentation can be crucial if you decide to take further action. Don't hesitate to reach out for support, and know that you have the right to work in an environment free from harassment.

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