The recent revelations of sexual harassment and assault by politicians, movie moguls and stars, corporate officials and sports personalities have risen to a crescendo that cannot be ignored by or hidden from the public, law enforcement or civil courts.
The media focus on abusive conduct spotlights the tip of the iceberg, the high visibility events. But most abuse occurs in more mundane circumstances, especially in the employment setting. Most often, a senior person abuses a junior or new employee.
Women employed in more common professions are coming forward with their accusations of abuse at the hands of supervisors. It takes courage to complain about a person’s abusive boss. The fear of retaliation is central and keen – and correctly so. Usually, the abused person is discouraged from reporting the abuse or seeking a remedy. Unfortunately, it seems most abusers escape punishment.