"See something, say something" is all fine and good, but it's meaningless if law enforcement doesn't "do something." That's just one of the many reactions being expressed after the mass shooting in Florida on Wednesday, February 14th. When a tip, anonymous or not, gets overlooked, tragic events may occur. And in this case, the worst case scenario happened.
Let the games begin! You don't need to speak a certain language to understand sport. It's something shared by all, no matter where someone is in the world. The Olympics is a great example of how sport can bring the world together. If you're like me, you're excited to watch your country compete in the Olympics in PyeongChang. But where there's sport, there's likely unethical behaviour. And with doping scandals being front and center surrounding many athletes at the moment, the world will certainly be watching what happens during this year's Olympic Games. Now there's a place to report on any unethical behaviour. There is a hotline for that!
We often associate sexual harassment with the more extreme stories that have come out of Hollywood. But in fact, a hostile environment is more than just stories of extreme harassment and abuse. It’s an environment where sexist and joking comments are used to put the recipient down, and create an environment that makes it clear that the recipient isn’t welcome or respected. It doesn’t have to only be sexual harassment taking place. It can just be harassing somebody and making their work environment uncomfortable based on their sex or gender.
The ongoing sexual harassment scandal coming out of Hollywood is continuing to rock the world. We're not just hearing it from Hollywood. We're also hearing allegations and shocking stories coming out of big name media too. Victims in the entertainment industry are retching up extraordinary stories of sexual abuse and harassment and the world is listening.
Getting employees to speak up and report wrongs they see can be hard.
Many of us had our eyes glued to the Alabama Senate race, while Alabamians voted to fill a seat vacated by Jeff Sessions. In the running, on the Republican side, a man with allegations of harassment and inappropriate behaviour against him, and on the other side a Democrat who hoped the recent national attention on alleged harassment against his opponent would create a rare opportunity for the Democrats to win the seat. Many would argue that this election happening at all is the result of a lack of Tone at the Top where an environment of name calling and hurled insults lead to Jeff Sessions eventually stepping down. At a time when harassment and abuse claims are at an all time high, the result of this vote is very telling.