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Types of harassers and victims of sexual harassment

Marital status, organizational level and age do not exclude people from harassment. It appears that alcohol in many cases lowers inhibitions, and people who would not normally become aggressors. In many cases, sexual harassment can also be related to self-esteem issues on the part of the abuser requiring the need to “prove yourself”. Although behaviors and motives differ from person to person, our harassers can probably be divided into six general categories:

Mr. Macho or one of the boys

This is usually associated with the bravery mentioned above, when groups of men women in the embarrassment makes remarks, compliments Unsolicited, or even physical assessments, jokes or obscene gestures, and displaying obscene posters of a sexual nature. All of this can create a hostile environment, most women experience humiliating and disturbing, even if it is purely verbal and visual harassment.

The Great Gallant

Verbal harassment occurs most often when he “fails” to give excessive praise and makes inappropriate personal comments or embarrasses the recipient. While most of the men and women appreciate heartfelt compliments and compliments, comments that focus on looks and the gender of workers rather than abilities or contributions are generally unwelcome. These compliments are sometimes accompanied by possessiveness or disdain. While the person giving the compliments may consider themselves a gallant gentleman, the recipient usually views them as condescending or boring, or both.


This type of bullying generally elicits somewhat lukewarm interest from employees, suppliers or customers. When the opportunity arises — in the elevator, working late, on business, at an office party when you are alone in the office, or in a car with a colleague —office family ’will lower the eyes and hands of the wanderer. Every birthday, farewell, or special occasion is also an opportunity to insist on kisses (often reluctantly). Some of these behaviors may call for in public, but if not dismissed, it will likely try to go further in private. If he is confronted, he will insist that women like his attention and like his attention; or even that single and divorced women need it.

The Power Player

In this case, harassment is a power game where a man demands sexual favors in exchange for for the benefits he can give out because of his position: getting or keeping a job, promotions, orders, overdrawn bank accounts, obtaining a driver’s license, etc. The Hollywood sofa “casting sofa” is perhaps the most famous example of the. Apparently, some local union leaders even “paid in kind” to women to join their unions. This can be described as harassment quid pro quo and is closely linked to blackmail. In addition to affecting the victim, this form of harassment is an abuse of power and trust. This can lead to bad business decisions and can cause huge losses to the company in terms of efficiency, preferential costs and corporate image.

Serial Stalker

The type of stalker that is the most difficult to identify and deal with is what I call the serial stalker. He carefully builds an image so that it is difficult for people to believe him badly, plan his approach carefully and attack privately where it is his word against a subordinate. He can do a lot of damage before he is discovered. Although the number of serial harassment at is in the minority, managers and work professionals should be aware of this possibility. This person’s deviant behavior often calls for help instead of deliberately harassing, because is often in the above four categories. In this case, counseling may be more important than simple disciplinary action.

Situational Harassment

The motivation behind this person’s behavior is usually psychological, but is more situational than compulsive. Accidents are often related to specific life situations or emotional or medical problems, such as divorce, wife disease, impotence, hormonal imbalance, prostate disease, or mental or systemic disorders that inhibit higher brain function, such as Alzheimer’s disease and alcoholism. If the situation is changed or the disease is controlled, the harassment usually stops but before that Both the victim and the victim were injured.

Types of victims

Women of all ages are harassed. No matter if they are physically attractive, simple, sexy or modestly dressed. A woman’s high status or position in a organization, her age, her caste, insurance, or shield may make her a special challenge for men. If you give in, he’ll feel empowered or say, “In the end, you’re still just a woman.”

Women who are particularly vulnerable:

  • Heads of women households in urgent need of work

  • The divorced or widowed are psychologically vulnerable to loneliness and personal loss

  • Women who are shy or insecure in their abilities and lack work-related self-confidence and education;

  • They have limited potential for progress and are easily replaceable.

  • Women who yearn to be accepted and admired may find it hard to persevere and have said “No.” Their friendship and support are often misinterpreted as an invitation.

  • Customers can pressure sellers to satisfy their sexual needs in exchange for their business. Worse, their employer may pressure them to comply.