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Offices Struggle to Get ‘Bystanders’ of Sex Harassment to Speak Up

Although getting bystanders as well as victims to speak up offers the best hope of halting sexual harassment, bystanders are often almost as reluctant as victims to report misconduct or step in to stop it.

Katie Travia opens her training session with a question: “So, what comes to mind when you think of sexual harassment?” she asks the group of 16 managers eyeing her from a U-shaped table. Ms. Travia coaxes a few responses from participants, then acknowledges their discomfort: “Nobody walks into these sessions saying, ‘This is fun!.


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