Sexual harassment has been a heavily reported topic in the news media these days, and that is not without good reason. A lot of women have had the courage of late to come forward and explain how men, who were usually in a position of power, took advantage of them in a work or other environment.
The whole issue being in the news might make Los Angeles residents wonder whether it is only women who can be victims of sexual harassment, and the answer to that question is a resounding "no."
According to statistics compiled by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, a federal agency dedicated to preventing discrimination in the workplace, each year, between 16 and 18 percent, or roughly 1 out of 6, of the sexual harassment claims the agency receives are filed by men.
However, the important thing to remember is that the Commission does not keep track of the gender of the alleged perpetrators. In other words, some if not most of the harassment against men could be at the hands of other men.
Although the research is largely based on older information or is anecdotal, the conclusion of many seems to be that women harassing men is, relatively speaking, quite rare. However, it does occur. The reasons for this vary, but some attribute it to the fact that, in our society, men are supposed to be powerful and in charge, while women are supposed to be more demur.
In other words, the same pattern of thinking that may allure men in to making unwanted sexual advances may also create pressure on a man to solve his own problems and not report this type of workplace discrimination.
In any event, it is not acceptable for anyone to be victimized by sexual harassment, and both men and women who have been victims should strongly consider standing up for their rights through appropriate legal action.