Sexual harassment is part of the continuum of violence against women. For many years it was accepted that a woman had to "take it." There was no recourse for this behavior in law or the courts.
The act of sexual harassment has parallels to the crime of rape. If a woman is subjected to continual acts of sexual harassment and she is not in a position to refuse these acts, this is arguably as much a violation of her rights as rape. Sexual harassment is sex-based abuse which primarily targets women. Since the women's movement in the 1970s and 1980s, sexual harassment is no longer a legally accepted behavior.
For this homework, you will describe a sexual harassment scenario. The basics of this scenario are:
The year is 1968; Molly has just graduated college and has begun her first job using her brand new degree. Molly has a large number of student loans, a new baby (6 months old) and a 3-year old. She is a single mom who lives over 300 miles from her nearest relative. After Molly's divorce, she remained in the city that she and her husband had moved to for his work, so she could finish her education. From the first day in her new job, the man that shares the next office has shown an unusual amount of interest in Molly. He has made several suggestive comments in front of other co-workers and then said "just kidding." When she asked him to stop, he just laughed and said it was just in fun.
Given the time period (1968), what can Molly do to stop this unwanted attention? Please describe at least two things she could do, and explain whether or not they would be effective. Why or why not?
If the year were 2005, what recourse would Molly have? Would the outcomes of her complaints be the same as in 1968? Why or why not?
Assignment should be 2-3 pages in length.