>>97715453>Fucking dumb landwhale, I'd tell you to get raped but you'd probably be happy.
whoa whoa whoa, chill out dude no need for hostilities. I did partially agree with you- crimes should be and NEED to be reported as early as possible to give the (over worked and under paid) authorities something to go on.
And actually the charges of harassment that DO stick are the result of a pattern of behavior, like how the church used to shuffle around priests that diddled kids for a long time or getting the people who settle harassment suits to sign binding legal contracts. There's no legal action until it's a fucking iceberg of actual crimes but before then it's sort of an open secret. So instead of reporting they just tell people don't go to that directors hotel room alone, or go to the bathroom in a group or else so and so will follow you in, or avoid working the nightshift because this one dude is grabby.
And the culture is such that going forward legally on harassment charges, even just the act of collecting the body of evidence, is just such a mountain of bullshit and heartache and usually guaranteed to torpedo career prospects that most people historically have just shut up and coped quietly.
But even though most harassers don't face legal consequences immediately, they're still breaking the law with harassing behavior. The problem is that they can get away with it for SO LONG because of the climate of normalcy around it.
This is what's shifting though, that climate, because now people are getting empowered to talk to each other and learning that the incident some 20 years back that made them feel sick and dirty and hate their job- they were right to feel that way. They're figuring out yes, it was harassment. Hearing stories from other people who were harassed gives them the courage to start climbing their own shit mountain, even if the inspiration comes from someone who legally can't do or prove anything anymore.