The Civil Rights Act in the early 60′s helped usher in growth toward more human rights for all. Our collective awareness has advanced enough to bring to the light of day the different forms of harassment that people have been subject to for many decades and without any support or recourse for justice. But now people can access helpful information about harassment issues from organizations that care about people.
One of the most notable organizations that has influenced change, and that offers support to women is “The National Organization for Women” (NOW) http://www.now.org/organization/info.html founded in 1966. A quick look at their site will undoubtedly make you feel invited to inquire about how to find equality in the workplace, schools, the justice system, and any other sector of society in which sexual discrimination is a problem.
Harassment is not always black and white. Some forms are of course obvious but many people are made to feel uncomfortable in the workplace and they don’t know what to do. If you think this is you, know that there are many places you can go for help and clarity. For instance, a Canadian organization called “NewYouth.ca” (http://www.newyouth.ca/law/your-rights/work/help-im-being-harassed-work) is a great source of assistance. Groups like these want you to know that you are not alone, and that there are many forms of assistance and support.
Legal rights are also often a concern on this topic and there are many organizations that allow you easy access to helpful information. “Public Entity Risk Institute” (http://www.riskinstitute.org/peri/component/option,com_bookmarks/Itemid,44/catid,22/navstart,0/task,detail/mode,0/id,729/search,*/), and Brayton Purcell (http://www.braytonlaw.com/Workplace-Law-Overview/Harassment-Employee-Discrimination-Claims.shtml). If you have legal questions but don’t know where to go or who to call, simply check out a few of these sites and you’ll more than likely find one that makes it easy for you to ask your questions. Another good approach to getting support that some people prefer is to take an on-line course. One organization called “DHHS Workplace Harassment Training” (http://www.ncdhhs.gov/humanresources/harassment/basics_a5.html) offers a simple course structure to learn about important harassment related basics.
“Electronic harassment” is one fairly new type of harassment that is being talked about more these days. This direct or indirect physical influence on a person’s mind or body. It usually takes the form of having an illegally installed electronic listening device that aids someone in invading your person or property, intending to gather your personal and private information to cause harm. The most common listening devices are covert hidden pinhole cameras, ultra tiny microphones and transmitters. The most invasive form of electronic harassment is an electronic implant. It’s a tiny device that consists of transmitters, ESF generators, micro-neurophonic transceivers, and tracking devices and it’s put into the body just under the skin. How it gets there must be a whole story in and of itself. And these devices are powered by bodily fluids that are capable of transmitting a kind of cyber-subliminal messaging–signals to our mind. A good source for information about this subject is an organization called “Advanced Electronic Security Co.” that is dedicated to helping protect people from electronic harassment; http://www.bugsweeps.com/info/electronic_harassment.html.
Lastly, a parting acknowledgment to human ingenuity. One woman who was concerned about electronic harassment did some research and discovered that an old school transistor radio, the kind you’d hardly ever see anymore except at a dollar store, can help you detect if someone is listening or transmitting into your electronic environment. If you set the radio to a blank AM station, and then move it in close proximity to the suspected electronic device the radio will make a noticeable sound indicating that someone may have inserted either a listening or transmitting device. Interesting isn’t it. Let’s hope you never have to use one.
It is sometimes said that the arc of justice swings wide, but it does come around eventually. Clearly there is much more work to do, but in the last decades we’ve seen major advances in human rights globally. Many people have fought hard to end many forms of harassment, the unfair treatment of women to name one of the more familiar forms. “The National Organization for Women” (NOW) founded in 1966 (http://www.now.org/organization/info.html), is the largest organization for feminist activities in the United States with 500,000 contributing members. With five hundred and fifty chapters this organization continues to take action to help women find equality in the workplace, schools, the justice system, and any other sector of society in which sexual discrimination and harassment is a problem.
We can take heart that as our awareness about the threatening or disturbing behavior that comes with harassment increases, so do our chances to live in a world that has more dignity, tolerance and care for all. There are more ways now for people to be protected from the various forms of harassment. People have been speaking up for decades, and eventually they were, and still are being heard. We are finally finding our way to overcome harassments in the workplace, and to reduce psychological, racial, religious, sexual, police, bullying, verbal and physical types of harassments.
People now have access to help, and for those who are not sure if they are being harassed, there are organizations that can help. There is an organization just right for you. For instance, a Canadian based on-line group called “NewYouth.ca” (http://www.newyouth.ca/law/your-rights/work/help-im-being-harassed-work) can help with questions about possible harassment activity. This and other similar organizations can help people become more educated about their civil rights, and the sites offer forums in which a person can participate in conversations about harassment.
Similarly, there are on-line organizations that specialize in giving usable legal advice for people dealing with harassment issues. These organizations, such as the “Public Entity Risk Institute” (http://www.riskinstitute.org/peri/component/option,com_bookmarks/Itemid,44/catid,22/navstart,0/task,detail/mode,0/id,729/search,*/), and Brayton Purcell (http://www.braytonlaw.com/Workplace-Law-Overview/Harassment-Employee-Discrimination-Claims.shtml) have user friendly sites that make it easy to ask questions. Contact information and even toll free numbers are offered. And for people who like to use on-line courses there are organizations like “DHHS Workplace Harassment Training” (http://www.ncdhhs.gov/humanresources/harassment/basics_a5.html) that are an excellent source to learn about important harassment related basics using a lesson based approach.
So, we’ve begun to level the playing field to find equality, and there is a long way to go. The internet puts us in direct communication about many subjects with each other, all the time. If we can hold a collective focus on human rights in whatever ways we can, and if we don’t give up we may some day find the sanity that our planet needs–which can only come we when actually do have human rights for all.