In the News

#SexualHarassment

Sarah Best

20th November 2017

In mid-October, Ronan Farrow published a powerful piece of investigative journalism about the movie mogul, Harvey Weinstein in The New Yorker. The piece consisted of how, over the course of decades, Weinstein had committed acts of sexual assault and harassment against mostly young female actresses and models. The women in the majority of cases had been afraid to speak up, fearing retaliation from Weinstein himself and for fear of damaging their careers. Weinstein has denied the charges of rape and assault, but admitted himself into rehab shortly after the news story broke.

This, and other subsequent stories of sexual abuse and harassment that have come to light in recent weeks with male and female victims and their stories could be used for a rich debate in lessons regarding the issues of power and how it is used to manipulate and control others. Further discussion could include why some individuals don't feel confident enough to report incidents of sexual harassment/abuse.

Topic specific areas links: Crime and deviance (dark figure of crime and victimisation). 

Sarah Best

Sarah is a passionate full-time Head of Sociology and Psychology and has worked in a variety in schools in the UK, and she is currently working in a British international school. She is keen to develop and boost the profile of both subjects.

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