What is Sexual Harassment? Despite both national and international efforts to eliminate sexual harassment, there is no single definition of what constitutes prohibited behavior. Generally, international instruments define sexual harassment broadly as a form of violence against women and as discriminatory treatment, while national laws focus more closely on the illegal conduct. All definitions, however, are in agreement that the prohibited behavior is unwanted and causes harm to the victim.
In the wake of the recent Harvey Weinstein sexual harassment and assault scandal, the topic of sexual harassment in the workplace has become a hot button issue, with notable women like Blake Lively, Molly Ringwald, Reese Witherspoon, and many others coming out with their own stories. According to the U. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission EEOC , sexual harassment in the workplace is described as an inappropriate sexual advance, comment, or quid pro quo. It can be of physical nature, or verbal nature. Both the victim and the one who is doing the harassing can be either male or female.
When she was 16, Lindsay Marie Gibson was raped. After her assault, life continued, as it does. Years later, in college, she met the man who would become her husband.
NSVRC offers the Visionary Voice Awards, in conjunction with Sexual Assault Awareness Month each April, to recognize the creativity and hard work of individuals around the country who have demonstrated outstanding work to end sexual violence. Each year, state, territory, and tribal coalitions select an outstanding individual to nominate for the awards. Nominees may be partners from a local community or other outstanding individuals that have worked to end sexual violence. Kesha Boen, Advocacy Services Coordinator at the Ozark Rape Crisis Center ORCC , joined the organization in as a sexual assault advocate providing crisis intervention and advocacy services to survivors of sexual assault in seven counties in Arkansas.