Drawing the Line on Workplace Sexual Harassment Webinar

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Webinar presented by:
Nicole Pietsch, Coordinator, Ontario Coalition of Rape Crisis Centres
Julie Lalonde, M.A., Project Manager Draw-the-line.ca Campaign

Date: Thursday, September 24th, 2015
Time: 10:00am to 11:00am EST

Almost half of all women will say they have experienced sexual harassment at work or in other public spaces. Comments from “You’d look good on me” to groping, flashing and assault are a daily reality for women and LGBTQ individuals, but street (and other forms of) harassment is rarely reported, and culturally accepted as ‘the price you pay’ for being a woman or for being gay.  When we look away or don’t know what to do, we quietly support a threatening workplace.  In this webinar, sexual violence survivor advocates Julie Lalonde and Nicole Pietsch will discuss the following topics, and make concrete recommendations for positive change:

  1. Seeing beyond the individual incident or harasser:
  • Learn how sexual harassment is connected to a greater social context – one in which the targeted victim, the violation itself, and the harasser − exist in a larger system of social relations and expectations
  • Learn how sexual harassment regulates and segregates public space: for example, by gender, race or age
  • Consider strategies on how to prevent this; and intervene to create safer spaces at work
  1. Taking leadership:
  • Learn how your workplace culture can actually work to reduce – or foster – workplace harassment
  • Discuss the usefulness and limitations of sexual harassment policies
  1. Drawing The Line on Sexual Harassment:
  • Learn strategies for challenging sexual harassment through bystander intervention
  • Learn strategies for challenging sexual harassment by offering better supports for survivor-victims
  • Bystander intervention can occur on a continuum – it’s not as hard as you might think!

Note: This webinar will discuss workplace-situated sexual harassment, however skill-building and information may also be applicable to addressing situations of school-based or street harassment.