Responding to sexual harassment and assault is harder than we think. The responsibility to 'do something' can't fall solely on victims. Click To Tweet
Imagine that you’re in the middle of a job interview, and the interviewer asks you whether you think it’s important for women to wear bras to work. What would you do? Tell the interviewer that the question is inappropriate? Refuse to answer it? Would you feel angry that someone would ask you this question?
If you’re like most people, you believe you would do something if you encountered such inappropriate behavior. Indeed, many responses to the recent revelations of sexual misconduct — in Congress, in Hollywood, in the media — include some variation of: Why didn’t she come forward earlier ? Why didn’t she tell him to stop? As Rep. Eddie Bernice Johnson (D-Tex.) said in October, “I think we also need to start talking about the power that women have to control the situation,” adding that “men get away with this because they are allowed to get away with it by the women.”
But according to psychological studies …
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If you like this article, you might also be interested in:
- “The Hidden Sexism in the Church: Why “Benevolent” Sexism Does More Harm Than We Realize (guest post at Ashley Easter’s blog)
- “Should Churches Handle Sexual Abuse Allegations Internally?” (in Christianity Today)
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