When the Roses Die: Sexual Harassment

Everything’s coming up Roses. The thought of many women who worked hard to celebrate achievement and excellence.   Expecting to be rewarded accordingly for her diligence and beauty of being a woman.

Once to the Roses of Success flourishes, she lands the new role, the position she wanted or  “The look of success” she created. There’s something about the pleasure of a woman receiving a dozen of roses gifted for accomplishment and success.

What about the roses given with expectation with devious intentions, or some sick sexual request? What happens when the Roses die?

After the roses die she finds herself being pursued by the one she least expected…The one who rewarded her. They appreciated and needed her just as she did the same . The ultimate reward is now determined with a rose of deceit and misconduct.  What does she do?

She could just ignore them and wait until they realize you’re not going to give in. Okay, that’s not an option (note: what not to do).

There are plenty of scenarios similar to this. Some different and more devious. The rewards change from success to love. It could be finance or even just peace. When the roses die,  Just remember you are not alone. Here are some things you can do if you find yourself being sexually harassed or assaulted.

If someone is constantly harassing or giving you attention you don’t want, immediately let them know you are not interested. State what they’re doing is in violation to not only your personal desire, but also against the law.

Report it. If the person continue to harass you, write it down. Each time it happened, what was said, when, and who.

Go to your HR and report the incident. In reporting the Incident you should have documentation to support your allegations. You need to document everything that happens and then document the conversation with HR.

If you are physically threatened or touched, call law enforcement or security.

After you’ve let the person know you’re not having it, reported to HR and it continues, go to EEOC. Often HR may not needed action to stop the harassment. Regardless, don’t give up. You are not alone. Talk to a close friend or even a co-worker.

The silence of Sexual Harassment has been around a long time. It will take a long time for this to change. Don’t give up, you are not alone.

Sexual Harassment Resources:

EEOC – Sexual Harassment

Texas Workforce Commission