Jesuit Social Services contributed to the Department of Justice and Community Safety’s consultation on addressing sexual harassment in Victorian workplaces. We welcome the Victorian Government’s efforts to develop reforms to prevent and better respond to sexual harassment in workplaces.
Our submission draws on our experience of working with boys and men for over 40 years and is premised on our understanding of the gendered drivers of violence.
We highlight that the rigid adherence to gender norms, roles and stereotyped constructions of masculinity and femininity is a driver that underpins sexual harassment. Research, including our Man Box study, has shown that men who conform to dominant masculine norms that men should be tough, stoic, dominant and in control (The Man Box norms), are more likely to engage in risky behaviours and less likely to engage in health promotion behaviours.
Our submission made a number of key recommendations around preventing sexual harassment in the workplace and supporting workers to report, including: