Sexual Misconduct Happens to Men, Too

Actor and former NFL player Terry Crews filed a lawsuit last week stemming from an encounter at a party in 2016, saying a high-powered Hollywood agent groped him. His revelation, along with claims from more than a dozen men who have alleged they were assaulted by actor Kevin Spacey, illustrates that men can be victims, too.


Stories of workplace-related sexual harassment have dominated headlines since news of movie mogul Harvey Weinstein's alleged predatory behavior went viral, following a New York Times investigation. More than 100 high-profile men have since been accused of sexual misconduct.


"Once the Weinstein story broke, and these women were coming out and saying what he did, and I just kept hearing ... 'Oh boy, these women, here they come, they just want attention and a payday,' " Crews told NPR.


"And I got angry. I got really angry, because I said, 'They're being dismissed, like this stuff is happening, it happens, it happened to me.' " Time magazine, in fact, recognized Crews this year as one of The Silence Breakers, the publication collectively named as its Person of the Year.  


Sexual Harassment Isn't Just about Men. Women Should Review Their Behavior Too, Says Female CEO 


Although no women have yet been named as sexual predators, and a Google search fails to turn up a single recent case of a woman as aggressor, unwanted advances are not a single-gender monopoly. Also, just because a woman executive may have been a victim of sexual harassment herself does not mean that she is exempt from inflicting similar pain on others.


Yes, Men Can Be Sexually Harassed in the Workplace


For most people, when they think of sexual harassment in the workplace, their mind immediately jumps to an image of a woman being harassed or propositioned by a male co-worker, supervisor or boss. While most cases of workplace sexual harassment do involve female victims, a growing number of cases of both men and women harassing male employees have emerged.
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Consider Face-to-Face Training as EEOC Makes Filing Harassment Complaints Easier  

Experts advise that it is time for HR to step up harassment prevention training. The best way to conduct that training, they say, is in person.


Kevin Spacey's Alleged Predatory Behavior Shows Why Men Rarely Report Sexual Assault  


Harmful stereotypes about masculinity, along with common myths and misperceptions about sexual violence, make it difficult for men to report harassment and assault.

It's the responsibility of every employee to speak up, said American Association of University Women CEO Kim Churches. "If you see something, say something." These recommendations on how to be more proactive in preventing future misconduct, and supporting colleagues who may be experiencing harassment, apply to women as well as men. 

By Kathy Gurchiek