Ali RosenOct 11, 2017, 9:54 pmOct 12, 2017, 10:41 am

Why does sexual harassment go under-reported?

In the wake of the allegations against Harvey Weinstein, FiOS1 speaks with two experts on the subject


When it comes to allegations of sexual harassment and abuse, it seems that once one woman finds her voice and speaks out, others soon follow suit.

"It's only when there is not silence that people will feel safe addressing this," said Alexandra Stratyner, a psychologist working for Stratyner & Associates.

Straytner says that she believes fear is what keeps so many women silent about harassment.

"People might ask, 'Why did it take so long for women to report this?' but it's scary, it is a secondary trauma, the fear that comes along with exposing that this happened to you," Stratyner said.

The United States Equal Employment Opportunity Commission defines sexual harassment as "unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and other verbal or physical harassment of a sexual nature."

Stratyner believes that many of these instances are hard to define, but says that if someone does something to you that makes you uncomfortable, say something.

"Explicitly, by which I mean 'What you did just made me uncomfortable. I didn't like it and I do not want you to ever do it again.'" Stratyner said.

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