A new campaign called “Know Where The Line Is” aims to raise awareness of sexual harassment in the workplace.
The Human Rights Commission has launched the campaign with the Australian Council of Trade Unions and the Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry.
Over half of all sexual harassment cases in Australia occur in the workplace. According to the Commission, one in five people say they have not experienced sexual harassment, yet still describe experiences that meet the legal definition of sexual harassment.
Australia’s Sex Discrimination Commissioner, Elizabeth Broderick, has written in the Sydney Morning Herald:
“One of the unusual things about sexual harassment is that – in the offices, factory floors, warehouses and work sites around our country – people know something ‘not right’ is happening to them or someone else, but they don’t know what to call it or what to do.”
“Take the woman who knows her workmate continually makes subtle, but unwelcome and inappropriate sexual comments and jokes which have, at different times, offended a number of his colleagues but who feels too uncomfortable to say anything.”
“Know Where The Line Is” empowers people to recognise behaviour that crosses the line. It also encourages bystanders to ‘See. Talk. Support.’
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