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Even if you’re not the target, seeing harassment happen can mean emotional and professional consequences

When you see harassment happening in the workplace, the best thing to do is something. Intervene in the moment. Talk to the harasser. Talk to the victim. Talk to a supervisor. Document what happened.

But you should also take some time to gaze inward. It’s normal to not feel okay after witnessing sexual harassment, even if you weren’t the target. Sexual harassment is among the most psychologically harmful job stressors, says Kathleen Rosplenda, an associate psychology professor at the University of Illinois at Chicago who studies workplace harassment. …

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What to know about collecting evidence, whether you’re a victim or a bystander

The reason you should document sexual harassment is straightforward: whether you’re the target of it or someone who saw it happen, a log of the details is important when it comes time to report the harassment to human resources or a higher-up. You don’t need documentation to file a complaint, but it can help whoever’s investigating know who to speak to or where to look, and it can help support your claims by providing a record of what happened and when. …

Inside the #MeToo crisis—and coverup—sparked at Golden Valley High

(I) “All This and a Brain, Too”

Annie Delgado was never big on sports-related social gatherings. The only reason the Golden Valley High School teacher had come to the Athletic Hall of Fame dinner for a rival high school was to see her father-in-law inducted for his volunteer support of local teams.

As she crossed the rec building at the county fairgrounds to order her husband a drink, Delgado weaved through tables set with roses and cloth napkins in the school’s colors, Halloween orange and black. …

Jessica Valenti

There’s little reason to believe the former vice president is the person who can beat Donald Trump in 2020

Joe Biden, who announced his candidacy for president last week, wants us to believe he’s the one person who can save us from Donald Trump. In a launch video calling Trump a “threat to our nation,” Biden warns that the president “will forever and fundamentally alter the character of this nation.”

He says, “I cannot stand by and watch that happen.”

But Biden and his supporters have given Americans little reason to believe he is the person who can beat Trump in 2020. …

Jessica Valenti

#MeToo isn’t just about rape and harassment

In the days since Lucy Flores detailed an encounter with Joe Biden that made her feel “uneasy, gross, and confused,” we have seen in real time the limits of how much Americans are willing to listen to women.

After Flores described a meeting where Biden put his hands on her shoulders, smelled her hair, and kissed her head, the former Nevada assemblywoman has been accused of everything from misunderstanding an everyday friendly interaction to deliberately trying to ruin Biden’s potential presidential run.

Some people have even compiled photo collages of Flores being embraced by other politicians — a sign, supposedly…

Jessica Valenti

It’s women’s lives that are getting ruined

Conservatives are awfully worried about the war on men. To hear them tell it, there’s an angry mob of feminists eager to ruin men’s lives for the sole reason of — in fact, they never quite say. But the boys of America should watch out. Parents should arm their prodigal sons with body cameras and consent forms. Their livelihoods depend on it.

Here’s the sad truth: if feminists were actually waging a war on the men who do very bad things, the facts suggest we’d be losing miserably. Men accused of sexual wrongdoing reside in both the White House and…


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