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Comfort Dabo: Sexual harassment, the silent killer of women’s dreams

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Many women, both the young and old, rich and poor have suffered sexual harassment in one way or the other.

Sexual harassment is defined by many books as any harassment of a sexual nature and the unwelcome or inappropriate promise of rewards in exchange for sexual favors.

Sexual harassment includes a range of actions from minor transgressions to sexual abuse. It can occur in many social settings such as homes, schools, churches, workplace etc. Harassers or victims may be of any gender. But survey finds 81% of women have experienced sexual harassment by men in higher positions.

There are many causes of sexual harassment but there’s a school of thought that believes, the most important is the lack of Comprehensive Sex Education from home and in the school. Sex Education helps to give knowledge about sex and victims can positively respond to any unnecessary sexual advances from the opposite sex.

Again, some men with power and influence believe they are superior and can get any woman of their choice with or without their consent, more so, our cultural practices which allow men to consider females as a fruit to be “chopped” easily carry these values to abuse women.

Statistics indicates, 75% of women who have been sexually abused by men suffer in silence.

Who is ready to listen to women when sexual harassment has become normal in our society?

Our society turns against these young and vulnerable women when they make complaints about their ordeals. The people in society, perpetrators and accomplices rather blame the women for being sexually assaulted. They accuse them for causing their own victimization by calling them gold diggers while others are judged for what they wear.

The anxiety of the repercussions. The fear of being blamed, the fear of losing favor, fear of losing their credibility, the fear of being blackballed, and the fear of their safety and so on make victims keep quiet and suffer.

Young females who are desperately trying to break through the glass ceiling of their careers can be best be described here.

Influential men with positions promise them excellence and mentorship in their careers but mostly just to take advantage of their virtue.

Women are vulnerable and we need help.

The social effect of immoral sex on women are enormous…but selected few will be talked about…the consequences are very painful other phycologists say

  • Many women have given up on their dreams to become great people because of sexual harassment.
  • Many are wandering hopelessness because of unfulfilled promises from their partners.
  • Many have died and children are born without responsible fathers.

Help build Strong women in our society, help bridge the gap of gender inequality in in our communities. (Sɛ mmaa wɔmoa ɛyɛ)

#LET THE GIRL GROW
#SAY NO TO ALL FORMS OF DISCRIMINATION AGAINST WOMEN
#SAY NO TO SEXUAL HARASSMENT NOW.

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