ERIC Number: ED222947
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982-Nov
Reference Count: 0
Three Communication Responsibilities concerning Sexual Harassment.
Buzza, Bonnie Wilson
Sexual harassment is widespread on college campuses across the United States and is a subject that merits sensitive and sensible discussion. Once they acknowledge the problem, speech communication professionals can become better informed about sexual harassment and ways of dealing with it, and commit themselves to responsible communicative action. First, speech professionals must initiate discussions among friends, colleagues, administrators, staff, and students and confront the fears and faults of their institutions and of society as a whole. Second, individuals experiencing a situation that they do not like are obligated to say so, either to the perpetrator or to someone in a position to alleviate the situation. Ignoring the situation will only encourage or escalate it. Institutions should have sexual harassment policies, and the procedures and commitment to follow through with them. Finally, those who harass without realizing they do so need to think about how they want other persons to feel as a result of a particular statement, look, or gesture. They should examine their motivation, as well as the verbal and nonverbal feedback they receive. (HTH)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Speech Communication Association (68th, Louisiville, KY, November 4-7, 1982).