Everyone deserves to feel safe at their place of work. Unfortunately, some workers are denied this by sexual abuse. Sadly, sexual assault does sometimes occur in the workplace. According to estimates cited by the National Sexual Violence Resource Center, between 1993 and 1999, around 36,500 workers were victims of workplace rape or sexual assault.
One would hope that when a large organization (such as a school, hospital, church or company) discovers that sexual abuse occurred within its systems, it would promptly take steps to protect the victims. Unfortunately, a quick glance at the news over the past few years indicates that this doesn’t always happen. Stories abound of large institutions failing to stand up for sexual abuse victims and instead engaging in cover-ups.