In the news: Sexual Harassment

From BuzzFeed News, “A Multimillion-Dollar Startup Hid A Sexual Harassment Incident By Its CEO — Then A Community of Outsiders Dragged It Into the Light“, May 13, 2019.  “Sexual misconduct happens everywhere. But DataCamp was dealing with a community with abnormally high standards and support for each other.”

From Physics, “Viewpoint: Yes, Sexual Harassment Still Drives Women Out of Physics“, April 22, 2019 A survey of female undergraduates in physics found that three quarters of them experience some form of sexual harassment, leaving them alienated from the field.

From Forbes, “58% Of Women Surgeons Suffer Sexual Harassment: Why This May Hurt You Too“, February 16, 2019.  A recent commentary in the Annals of Surgery and a study just presented at this year’s Academic Surgical Congress focused on the B.S. that’s been going on in the surgical profession. In this case, the B.S. is bullying and sexual harassment. It’s also B.S. that may affect you.

From IEEE Spectrum, “National Academies Report Says Sexual Harassment Is a Threat to Engineering“, November 1, 2018 It’s not just individuals who suffer when gender-based abuse goes unaddressed.

From BuzzFeed News, “Neuroscientist David Sweatt Allegedly Drugged And Sexually Assaulted A Grad Student At A Scientific Meeting“, October 31, 2018.  Vanderbilt University placed David Sweatt on leave in August, after the allegation surfaced on Twitter. Records obtained by BuzzFeed News show that the school was warned he was a “potential safety threat” in 2017.

From American Institute of Physics, “Efforts to Combat Sexual Harassment Gain Momentum“, October 3, 2018.  Amid increasing calls for action from within the scientific community and Congress, some federal agencies and scientific societies have advanced new initiatives to combat sexual harassment in the sciences.

From Nature, “Top US science agency unveils hotly anticipated harassment policy“, September 19, 2018 The National Science Foundation’s rules for reporting harassment by grant recipients are the strictest yet instituted by a US government science agency.

From The New York Times, “How Universities Deal With Sexual Harassment Needs Sweeping Changes, Panel Says“, June 12, 2018. Years of efforts to prevent sexual harassment of women in the fields of science, engineering and medicine have not succeeded, and a sweeping overhaul is needed in the way universities and institutions deal with the issue, a major new report by a national advisory panel concluded.

From Quartz at Work, “Watch a feminist scholar demonstrate how CEOs should talk about sexual harassment“, May 4, 2018. In the wake of #MeToo, many companies are looking for new, and more effective, ways to stop sexual harassment.

From California Healthline, “Women In Medicine Shout #MeToo About Sexual Harassment At Work“, March 21, 2018 Much as the #MeToo moment has raised awareness of sexual harassment in business, politics, media and Hollywood, it is prompting women in medicine to take on a health system where workers have traditionally been discouraged from making waves and where hierarchies are ever-present and all-commanding.

From The New York Times, “Catharine MacKinnon and Gretchen Carlson Have a Few Things to Say“, March 17, 2018 Over afternoon coffees and a shared fruit plate at the Bryant Park Grill in Manhattan, the pair — both Minnesotans — discussed the waves of women who have come forward with their own stories in the past year (and why it took so long for them to do so), whether the workplace has been altered in meaningful and sustained ways, and whether Miss America can be relevant in the #MeToo era.

From The Atlantic, “How to Lose Your Job From Sexual Harassment in 33 Easy Steps“, March 9, 2018.  The distance between a dream gig and a nightmare can be tiny when you have no power.

From Science, “New NSF rules on sexual harassment leave many questions unanswered“, March 3, 2018 The National Science Foundation (NSF) in Alexandria, Virginia, hopes that its new policy on sexual harassment will spur universities to deal more aggressively with the pervasive problem. But the additional reporting requirements, which will be officially published Monday in the Federal Register, are far from a definitive statement about how NSF plans to deal with this complex and sensitive subject.

From Chemistry World, “#UsToo movement targets sexual harassment in science“, February, 28, 2018.  US scientific societies rewrite policies to clamp down on sexual harassment.

From The New York Times, “Numbers Hint at Why the #MeToo Took Off: The Sheer Numbers Who Can Say Me Too“, February 21, 2018.  A new national online survey conducted in January seeking a comprehensive picture reported that 81 percent of women and 43 percent of men said they had experienced sexual harassment or assault over their lifetimes — higher than most other studies and polls have suggested.

From The Washington Post, “Is the era of hugging over? Some people sure hope so, February 11, 2018.  There are those who wonder why it has suddenly become so wrong to wrap your arms around another person — like, say, a co-worker — and hold them in a warm embrace. Then there are others who want to know: Why in the world did anyone ever think it was right?

From The Guardian, “Sexual harassment is about power. Why not fight it as we do bullying?“, February 10, 2018 What’s confusing about banning sex in the workplace is that erotic feelings, when experienced reciprocally, are a source of great pleasure. Thus, the idea that sex should, or could, be banned from our professional lives seems arbitrary and impossible. But we can ban bullying and sexual violence that is part of the bully’s toolbox.

From Science, “NSF requires institutions to report sexual harassment findings“, February 8, 2018.  The move comes as research organizations continue to confront reports that sexual harassment is rampant within many scientific disciplines and too often is ignored by administrators.

From The Conversation, “What’s the difference between sexual abuse, sexual assault, sexual harassment, and rape?“, February 7, 2018 The terms “sexual abuse,” “sexual assault,” “sexual harassment” – and even “rape” – crop up daily in the news. We are likely to see these terms more as the #MeToo movement continues. Many people want to understand these behaviors and work to prevent them. It helps if we are consistent and as precise as possible when we use these terms.

From Harvard Business Review, “Dealing with sexual harassment when your company is too small to have HR“, February 2, 2018 The subject of sexual misconduct at work is dominating mainstream conversation and board room agendas. This doesn’t just mean men and women who run large global enterprises, Fortune 500 behemoths, film studios, and media platforms. The conversation is happening in small businesses as well.

From Marie Claire, “Female Scientists Report a Horrifying Culture of Sexual Assault“, December 11, 2017.  Research labs and field sites are swarming with men who sexually harass and assault their colleagues. But when women come forward, the perpetrators aren’t punished—the victims are.

From Scientific American, “Confronting Sexual Harassment in Science“, October 27, 2017.  It’s not just movie moguls and politicians; the problem is rampant in STEM fields as well. But recent moves by major organizations could mark a sea change in addressing this entrenched, degrading behavior.