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Witness- Bystanders – Upstanders

By December 15, 2022Blogs, PoSHViews: 52

In a lot of the Sexual harassment cases that I have handled, witnesses play a crucial role. Some witnesses open up and some don’t. Some need a lot of cajoling to speak and assurance of confidentiality.

Types of Witness that I have experienced:

  • Fearless Witness – telling the truth and taking the side of justice.
  • Hostile Witness – Unwilling to tell the truth. trying to protect the oppressor and save their own job.
  • Aloof Witness – I don’t care as long as I am safe. I will not take sides.

This is the quote that comes to my mind when I think about the responsibilities we all have as Witness/bystanders.👥

“If you are neutral in situations of injustice, you have chosen the side of the oppressor. If an elephant has its foot on the tail of a mouse, and you say that you are neutral, the mouse will not appreciate your neutrality.

— Archbishop Desmond Tutu

As an adult, Speak up even if the victim is a stranger. Your silence empowers the oppressor. It deepens the roots of Toxic work culture.

3 simple ways, Bystanders can support the victim:

  1. Direct – Directly raise your voice and ask the oppressor to stop.
  2. Distract – Distract by asking for directions or asking if you can use their phone for a call.
  3. Delegate – Delegate to someone in authority to stop the incident.

Safety is a roof that can stand only if we agree to become pillars.🤝

Here is a lovely video from the UN, to suggest simple ways that witnesses can support.

 

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