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The Consequences of Sexual Harassment

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June 5, 2020

Contact Name: Jeff Martin
Contact Email: JMartin@AmericanAnthro.org

The Consequences of Sexual Harassment

Recently reported charges of sexual misconduct that have surfaced in Harvard’s Anthropology Department cannot be viewed as a single institution’s problem. Instead, this signals deeply entrenched and widespread problems that damage individuals and the anthropology community writ large. It is also a clarion call to allies and bystanders to step up and take responsibility. In taking a stand against sexual violence, the American Anthropological Association (AAA) is committed to protecting the integrity of anthropological scholarship, our student training practices, and the health and safety of our community, by placing perpetrators on notice that they will face consequences.

We understand that by looking the other way while such conduct takes place that we are in effect disabling opportunities to learn, teach, and conduct research with integrity, respect, fairness, trustworthiness, and transparency. We expect employers and institutions to investigate and report incidents of sexual harassment, and to follow their specific anti-harassment policies and processes. While sexual harassment is an issue that affects all genders alike, its impacts are felt most strongly by people who are in vulnerable positions such as women, people of color, queer, trans, and gender non-conforming individuals, and people with disabilities.

Everyone has the right to work in a safe and productive workplace. The AAA 2018 Policy on Sexual Assault and Sexual Harassment makes it clear that we have zero tolerance at AAA-sponsored events and activities, and we are committed to enforcing this policy to protect our members, staff, and other individuals from harassment, assault, and other misconduct.



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