The Impact of Sexual Harassment

5 min

The impact of sexual harassment goes way beyond the law. 


It can affect everyone involved: the victim, the perpetrator, and even the bystanders.

For example, sexual harassment is bad for your health.

Even if you aren’t the target of sexual harassment, it can affect you by straining relationships and causing turnover on your team or in your company.

According to a recent study from Oklahoma State University, the University of Minnesota, and the University of Maine, women who are sexually harassed are 6.5 times as likely to change jobs as women who aren’t.

Time for a quiz.


Your coworker Georgia wants to skip your company’s sexual harassment training because “it’s just the company’s way of protecting itself from lawsuits. It doesn’t affect me.” 


Why is she wrong?

Quiz 1 of 1

Why is Georgia wrong?

a
Sexual harassment has wide-ranging consequences beyond legal liability.
b
Sexual harassment training is something companies do to protect their workers, not themselves.
c
She’s partially right. Most sexual harassment training is about legal liability. But there are still important things to learn.
d
Sexual harassment training also protects individuals from lawsuits.

Sexual harassment affects everyone. 


Even if you aren’t the target of sexual harassment, it can hurt you and your relationships, and make your job harder. Which is why you should make it your responsibility to combat it.

We can chip away at the small, underreported kinds of sexual harassment — the kinds that make people leave their jobs or take up smoking — by creating a culture of inclusion where everyone is valued.

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