Sexual harassment has been highlighted over recent weeks with cases popping in local universities. Recent news coming from the University of Witwatersrand is two lecturers found guilty of sexual harassment and have been dismissed. Another two lecturers’ cases are still pending on the final decision for their fate. The spark of tongues wagging about sexual harassment by lectures was from an article published in The Wits Vuvuzela, a newspaper published by the University of Witwatersrand. Another newspaper publication, The Star, wrote about the sexual harassment by a Drama lecturer at Wits, revealing the dirty details that were claimed to have happened.
Being a student at Wits, the topic is hot and won’t be steaming down anytime soon. Wits have encouraged students to talk more about sexual harassment as well as encouraging students to come to lectures that talk about sexual harassment to bring awareness. Students and relative committees at the university have expressed their concerns through interesting protests. Such protest was the one whereby women wore purple and placed tape over their mouths for “Women Abuse”. Seeing the community of Wits students get together and fight for something they believe in is great to witness and something to be proud of.
Sexual harassment defined by the CCMA as unwanted conduct of a sexual nature. Students, employees, employers, the community, and even children should be aware and understand sexual harassment and what consists as sexual harassment. It is very serious and should be taken very seriously. Should anyone feel uncomfortable because of any form of sexual nature in their study area or work place, should inform someone and talk about it before it gets to a point that is detrimental.
As a Wits student, I am proud of the support, encouragement, and help the community at Wits. They have provided a space to talk, to get advice, for guidance, and it is something to be proud of. Sticking together through this roller-coaster has only brought a closer community and protection.
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