Calling Attention to Sexual Assault and Harassment
Inclusant‘s Principal Consultant anupama jain was asked by a Post Gazette reporter if there might be a positive side to recent video exposing sexual assault behavior on the part of a presidential candidate.
Here is what she sad:
“To some extent, it’s unfortunate that it’s taken such unpleasantry to draw attention to the issue. “People have been trying to draw attention to this for a long time,” she said. “Maybe it needed to be so blatant, so distasteful, so incontrovertible for people to say, ‘This is so inappropriate, this has crossed a line.’”
She also questioned the fact that this is the issue that seems to have turned some of Mr. Trump’s high-profile supporters against him, rather than his previous derogatory comments about Mexicans or Muslims.
“It’s white women and now they are taking a stand,” she said. “To say, ‘This could be my daughter’… it could also be some random woman you don’t know. You don’t have to be sympathetic only when she could look like you.”
But to the extent that the publicity about it increases empathy for those who experienced groping or assault, she said, that is progress.
“I wonder if it could lead to people being more empathetic in general,” she said. They may now think, ‘I haven’t experienced sexual harassment, but that doesn’t mean it doesn’t exist.’”
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