Drawing the Line on Workplace Sexual Harassment

Presenters: Nicole Pietsch, B.A., Coordinator, Ontario Coalition of Rape Crisis Centres and Julie Lalonde, M.A., Project Manager Draw-the-line.ca Campaign.
This Video was presented and recorded on September 24, 2015.

Almost half of all women will say they have experienced sexual harassment at work or in other public spaces. Comments from “You’d look good on me” to groping, flashing, and assault are a daily reality for women and LGBTQ individuals, but street (and other forms of) harassment is rarely reported, and culturally accepted as ‘the price you pay’ for being a woman or for being gay[1].  When we look away or don’t know what to do, we quietly support a threatening workplace.   

Note: This Video discussed workplace-situated sexual harassment, however skill-building and information may also be applicable to addressing situations of school-based or street harassment.

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Recommended Resources from Julie Lalonde and Nicole Pietsch


  • Coates, L. and Allan Wade. (2004). “Telling it Like it Isn’t: Obscuring Perpetrator Responsibility for Violent Crime.” Discourse & Society 15, 503.
  • Vopni, V. (2006). “Young Women’s Experiences with Reporting Sexual Assault to Police.” Canadian Woman Studies 25(1,2), 110.
  • Patterson, D. (2011). "The impact of detectives’ manner of questioning on rape victims’ disclosure." Violence Against Women 17(11), 1349-1373.
  • Hollaback: You Have the Power to End Street Harassment. Online: http://www.ihollaback.org
  • “I’m Not Thinking of it as Sexual Harassment”: Understanding Harassment Across Race And Citizenship. By S. Welsh, Jacquie Carr, Barbara MacQuarrie and Audrey Huntley.
  • Centre for Research on Violence Against Women and Children. (2004). “Workplace Harassment and Violence Report”. Online: http:// www.learningtoendabuse.ca/sites/default/files/WorkplaceHarassmentandViolencereport.pdf
  • CBC News. (November 4, 2014). More workplace allegations made against Jian Ghomeshi. Online:   http:// www.cbc.ca/news/canada/toronto/more-workplace-allegations-made-against-jian-ghomeshi-1.2822962
  • Thompson, M., Sitterle, D., Clay, G. & Kingree, J. (2007). "Reasons for not reporting victimizations to the police: Do they vary for physical and sexual incidents?" Journal of American College Health 55(5), 277-282.
  • Wolfe and Chiodo, CAMH, 2008, p. 3.
  • Gill, R. and and Angela R. Febbraro. (2013). "Experiences and Perceptions of Sexual Harassment in the Canadian Forces Combat Arms." Violence Against Women 19(2) 269–287: 270.
  • Bell, M. in Mary Dore (Director)’s (2014) She’s Beautiful When She’s Angry. See:   http://www.imdb.com/title/tt3319508
  • Draw the Line. Online: www.draw-the-line.ca