Bringing Awareness to Harrassment

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WILKES-BARRE, LUZERNE COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU-TV)  It’s been another day of stunning news involving sexual harassment accusations being made against high profile people.
On Tuesday, CBS fired morning anchor Charlie Rose after women made allegations against him. He joins the growing list of celebrities, politicians and business owners accused of inappropriate behavior toward women. Many are asking what is going on? Our Lead I-Team Reporter Andy Mehalshick went looking for possible answers to that question.

Andy talked with experts who note that this kind of sexual harassment has been taking place since the dawn of time. It’s nothing new in our culture–but, what is new, the experts tell the I-Team, the victims, mostly women, feel empowered and want their voices to be heard.
 

“It is part of the whole culture of violence against women in society.” said Janet MacKay

 Those who counsel the victims of sexual abuse say they are not surprised by the allegations being made against so many high profile people across the country.

Janey MacKay is Executive Director of the Victims Resource Center in Luzerne County.

“That we accept these things and tolerate them and you don’t speak up and think it’s a joke to a lot of men. it’s like it’s not serious.” she told Eyewitness News.

MacKay thinks thay many women who were afraid to come forward are doing so now with the help of social media.. But she says the solution to the problem is everyone stepping in when they see something happening that is simply wrong.

“If you see somebody joking about hitting a spouse. If you see someone demeaning woman saying things about them that are sexually demeaning intervene men as well as women need to intervene to stop this.”

“It’s not an illness like major depression or schizophrenia . It tends to be a personality flaw.” added  Psychiatrist Dr. Matthew Berger from Lackawanna County.  He says sexual harassment is all about control.
“Traditionally people who do this kind of think has very little to do with sex. It has to more with control and power. It’s the ability for that person to control another person to impose their will and dominance on someone else.” said Dr. Berger.

Both Dr. Berger and Janet MacKay say sexual harassment can only come to an end if everyone gets involved and will not accept it as a normal part of our society–as business as usual.

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