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Encourage. Support. Act! Bystander Approaches to Sexual Harassment in the Workplace

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  • Report

Abstract


  • Workplace sexual harassment is a persistent and pervasive

    problem in Australia and elsewhere, demanding new and creative

    responses. One promising area which may inform prevention and

    response strategies is bystander approaches. In broad terms,

    bystander approaches focus on the ways in which individuals

    who are not the targets of the conduct can intervene in violence,

    harassment or other anti-social behaviour in order to prevent and

    reduce harm to others.40 Although bystander approaches have a

    long history in relation to intervening in emergencies, they have

    recently been translated to efforts to engage men and boys in

    the prevention of sexual violence. Indeed, such strategies are

    now a common element in contemporary violence prevention

    education, such as on American university campuses and there

    is a growing body of scholarship evaluating their effectiveness.

    Recently, bystander approaches have also been incorporated

    into initiatives by the Commission to empower young people

    to take safe steps to respond to cyberbullying41 and by the

    Victorian Health Promotion Foundation to prevent and respond

    to race discrimination.42 Bystander approaches may be useful in

    extending efforts to eradicate workplace sexual harassment and

    in the process, to raise awareness of the problem and change a

    culture of tolerance towards sexual harassment in organisational

    settings.

Publication Date


  • 2012

Citation


  • McDonald, P. & Flood, M. G. (2012). Encourage. Support. Act! Bystander Approaches to Sexual Harassment in the Workplace. Australia: Human Rights Commission.

International Standard Book Number (isbn) 13


  • 9781921449277

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  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=2968&context=artspapers

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  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/artspapers/1922

Place Of Publication


  • Australia

Type Of Work


  • Report

Abstract


  • Workplace sexual harassment is a persistent and pervasive

    problem in Australia and elsewhere, demanding new and creative

    responses. One promising area which may inform prevention and

    response strategies is bystander approaches. In broad terms,

    bystander approaches focus on the ways in which individuals

    who are not the targets of the conduct can intervene in violence,

    harassment or other anti-social behaviour in order to prevent and

    reduce harm to others.40 Although bystander approaches have a

    long history in relation to intervening in emergencies, they have

    recently been translated to efforts to engage men and boys in

    the prevention of sexual violence. Indeed, such strategies are

    now a common element in contemporary violence prevention

    education, such as on American university campuses and there

    is a growing body of scholarship evaluating their effectiveness.

    Recently, bystander approaches have also been incorporated

    into initiatives by the Commission to empower young people

    to take safe steps to respond to cyberbullying41 and by the

    Victorian Health Promotion Foundation to prevent and respond

    to race discrimination.42 Bystander approaches may be useful in

    extending efforts to eradicate workplace sexual harassment and

    in the process, to raise awareness of the problem and change a

    culture of tolerance towards sexual harassment in organisational

    settings.

Publication Date


  • 2012

Citation


  • McDonald, P. & Flood, M. G. (2012). Encourage. Support. Act! Bystander Approaches to Sexual Harassment in the Workplace. Australia: Human Rights Commission.

International Standard Book Number (isbn) 13


  • 9781921449277

Ro Full-text Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=2968&context=artspapers

Ro Metadata Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/artspapers/1922

Place Of Publication


  • Australia