Workplace Sexual Harassment: Must we live with it?
It is important we all begin to do something strategic about tackling the growing trend of workplace sexual harassment of lowly placed vulnerable women in Nigeria. Because of the precarious job/economic conditions, victims are afraid to talk about this and many women are going through this in a manner that suggests that it has become a norm in government offices, even in the force.
But the question is: has workplace sexual harassment realy become fashionable in our generation? Surprisingly, this seems to be predominant in public/government offices and somewhat moderate in the private sector.
The unfortunate part is that most victims cannot even speak up as their experience thereafter is worse than the trauma of the real harassment. Once they raise issues, they are ostracized and called names; other officers tends to gangs up to silence the victim in order not to allow victims fair hearing so that their organization is not portrayed in bad light before the larger society; the Bosses do everything possible to kill the case as they are afraid of ripples of claims against them from others they may have harassed. The harassers sometimes even raise ridiculous retaliatory claims of seduction in defense. Interestingly, some junior officers who also may have been harassed align with the harassing Boss to either bear false witnesses or help covering up the matter so as to protect their job or continue to receive favor from their powerful Bosses.
Can the society not do something about this in other to save these helpless vulnerable women from these heartless Bosses who callously exploit their workers/subordinates or victimize those that refused to yield with impunity?
Why have some fellow men gotten used to treating women as though there is nothing good in them when the labor of their hands is not offered with their legs open for the Boss?
There are loads of cases but what can be done in a society like ours with defective public service rules, very rigorous helpless processes established as internal mechanisms for complains that have no protection for the complainant while the case is being examined and an ill performing judiciary?