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Encourage. Support. Act!

Encourage. Support. Act!

Bystander Approaches to Sexual Harassment in the Workplace

Encourage. Support. Act! Bystander Approaches to Sexual Harassment in the Workplace is a comprehensive research report on the application of bystander strategies and approaches to prevent workplace sexual harassment.

Drawing from other research in areas such as whistle blowing, racial harassment and workplace bullying, this paper recommends a number of strategies to encourage bystander intervention. Development of training programs, grievance procedures, multiple complaints channels and incentives for bystanders to make valid reports of sexual harassment are some of the suggestions. It is a critical document to understand bystander theory and practice.

Written Written by Paula McDonald, Queensland University of Technology and Michael Flood, University of Wollongong for the Australian Human Rights Commission

Published in June 2012