#MeToo is a hashtag/phrase movement that started in 2017 to demonstrate and acknowledge the prevalence of sexual harassment and sexual assault, with a special accent on the ones happening in the workplace. This phrase helped many survivors to gain strength to come forward and tell their story and point the finger at their abusers.
The veterinary practice is no exception when it comes to sexual harassment. Many veterinary professionals, either veterinarians, veterinary nurses and technicians, or veterinary receptionists came across a boss or colleague that made unwanted sexual advances towards them. This is not always limited to the victim being a woman and the harasser being a man.
There is a statistic that every 98 seconds, someone in the United States is sexually harassed. That is devastating. The harassment at your workplace can happen in any area. Can be at the front desk where there is inappropriate touching, the treatment area where your boss leans on you from behind just to “help you”, or even threats about withholding payment if you do not comply.
Raise your voice and speak openly about sexual harassment. If you do not feel confident to go through something like this on your own, you can always ask for help, either a friend or family member or a professional.
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