With COVID-19 upending how so many of us work, it’s easy to get wrapped up in the technical elements of which platforms you’re using or what new systems you need for working with your team. But intentional cultivation of workplace culture matters now, just as it did before, and none of us should let that fall away in the adjustment to a new norm.

Sexual harassment continues to be a problem for workers in the new everyone-works-from-home reality, just as it has been for workers who have worked remotely for years or for organizations that are entirely virtual. The ways…

If we are ever going to solve the pervasive sexual and gender-based harassment that we see across nearly every industry, we need to create a culture where people feel comfortable speaking up.

Another week, another story about a powerful man and his coworkers’ complicity in his sexual harassment and assault. Another round of victims coming forward. Another round of thinkpieces.

Another round of “this happened to me, too” and “I see things like this at my company all the time” and “how can we possibly stop this?”

Stopping sexual harassment does not need to be a big deal. I know…

A few weeks ago, I spoke with a young Democratic staffer about sexual harassment at her former workplace. A male colleague had been sending sexually explicit messages to several female members of the team, the stuff of pretty black and white situations — there was no way one could argue those messages didn’t constitute sexual harassment under the law. But the woman I spoke with told me she never considered reporting what was happening. …

2010, New Orleans. I was in a bar over Halloween weekend, waiting for my boyfriend at the time to retrieve drinks. As I stood near a wall, two men wearing masks moved toward me, blocking me in. One of the men put his hand up my skirt, maneuvered under my underwear, and jabbed a finger so far inside of me that I was nearly lifted off the ground. In an instant, he withdrew and walked away from me, their desire for amusement via my pussy satisfied. He and his friend turned back around just in time to witness the beginning…

I don’t quite know what happened. I mean, I know. I just don’t remember everything.

I remember “just go down on me, just for a minute, it’ll help me sleep,” and his hands entangled in my hair as he pushed my head toward him. I remember my back against the full-length mirror, the frame digging into my shoulder blade, the pressure of his forearm across my chest as his fingers dug into me. I remember saying no as forcefully as I could, as often as I could, but as quietly as I could because he warned me not to wake…

Robyn Swirling

Robyn Swirling is the founder of Works in Progress, a non-profit organization to address sexual and gender-based harassment in progressive workplaces.

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