If you ask people to define sexual harassment, you’ll most likely get some pretty varied responses. The term ‘sexual harassment’ sounds scary and serious, and yes, of course it is very serious, but many people just don’t realise that the seemingly small things they’re doing are actually considered harassment.
I’m not making excuses for these people by any stretch of the imagination, there is no excuse for acting in such inappropriate or degrading ways. Instead, I am hoping to help spread the word and educate them.
Surfing the net the other day I came across a new campaign set up by David Schwimmer (Yup, Ross from Friends) and Sigal Avin to promote awareness of sexual harassment.
#ThatsHarassment is made up of six short videos that depict different examples of sexual harassment in a variety of different scenarios. The aim of the videos is to create a visual depiction of what sexual harassment is, so that there is imagery for people to relate to as opposed to just reading about it or being told. Avin wanted to address the issue that the only visual material readily available that shows harassment has been ‘glamourised’ for film and tv, or is just too unrealistic in an every day setting. She wanted to create a representation of ‘the gray area’ of harassment.
All of the videos are based on true experiences of the creators or people they know, which only makes the content hit home harder. You can read the full interview Schwimmer and Avin had with Cosmopolitan magazine here.
The video series is linked below for you to watch, and I hope you will check out some of the other interviews the cast and creators took part in to create awareness of their campaign.