Sexual Predators in Power

By Julienne Alejos

The fact that society approves the ridiculing and condemning of victims, rather than accusing the harasser, disgusts me. The way society questions a victim before considering the allegations explains why so many decide not to speak out, but rather keep quiet.

According to Aware organization, 54 percent of women and men have experienced some form of workplace sexual harassment. Why has workplace sexual harassment become a common occurrence?  No amount of power should excuse an act that is not only irreversible, but can also damage someone physically and emotionally for the rest of their lives. Sexual harassment done by those in power has been an issue for a long time.  There have been sensational cases from a supreme court justice, to as high up as our own president who have been accused of such crimes, yet have gone unpunished.

Harvey Weinstein, an acclaimed film producer, after years and years of such conduct, was finally exposed.  Forty women have come forward to show how his powerful position allowed him to victimize them. Is shows how those with power believe they are indestructible. The idea that certain industries would rather sweep the accusations under the rug rather than address the harassment is appalling.

As a young woman, I hope to someday enter a workplace that will be a safe environment where I can put my trust in my superiors without regretting it or fearing it. We should not have to live in fear of that our bosses will harm us,  it should be a given that our workplace is a safe environment.