Posts Tagged ‘injustice’

Stop making victims “prove” their side while perps are “alleged” perps

Tuesday, August 13th, 2013

Think about it. Complainants — individuals who have been abused, bullied or illegally harassed in the workplace — must prove their account of events with evidence. They have to prove it to their enabling employer, not to a neutral external party. Respondents, defendants are referred to as “alleged” offenders until their acts are confirmed by an investigation run by the same organization that enabled them to abuse their authority in the first place. They are innocent until proven guilty. Complainants are not believed and most are terminated for daring to complaint and challenge the bond between the named perpetrator and

Bullying or harassment incidents are only “alleged.” Then, as most investigations evolve, the workers who could corroborate the bullied targets’ version of incidents cowardly either refuse to participate or side with the perpetrator for the sake of holding onto their own jobs (and who could blame them in these tough times). Investigations fail to find wrongdoing for lack of complaint-confirming evidence and thanks to the broadening of managers’ privileges to handle subordinates in any manner they choose. No foul. Time to retaliate against the complainant. We know that 78% of bullied targets lose their jobs.

So it sickens me when I read the CNN headline: Canadian Girl Hanged Self After Alleged Rape (my italics)

Canadian teenager Rehtaeh Parsons, who was allegedly gang-raped and bullied, was hospitalized after she tried to hang herself on Thursday, April 4. The high school student from Halifax, Nova Scotia, was taken off life support three days later.

Here was a case of gangrape, videotaping, and posting of the video for the world to see. The young woman took her life. She accused the men with her decision to take her life in reaction to what they did to her. The video proves the acts happened. Yet even in death, her “complaint” is not believed completely. The act is simply “alleged.” Rapists whose video account is proof unless you prefer to believe she invited all the boys/men to rape her are given the benefit of the doubt and the act is only “alleged.” It’s an outrageous imbalance of power.

Victims are told to document, document, document. Bullies have to do nothing. They will be eventually acquitted. Perpetrators are given voice automatically; targets and victims have to beg for their voices to be heard.

And even in cases of videotaped rape, the media grant privilege to rapists. The acts are only “alleged.” Don’t trust your lying eyes.

Thankfully, in France, the anti-mobbing/anti-bullying law places the burden of proof on the bully. Bullies must prove they did not commit the acts. Viva la France!


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WBI Study: Barriers to workplace bullied targets leaving their jobs

Wednesday, March 20th, 2013

WBI 2013-C Instant Poll

One of the criticisms leveled against individuals targeted for workplace bullying is that they should “just” quit. That simplistic advice is cruel and short-sighted. Quitting is not a simple decision. Consider for a moment the single parent target. What will replace the lost income?

We at WBI who have talked to thousands of targets over the years by phone and in-person know there are other barriers to leaving a toxic work environment, regardless of how damaging that job and employer are to the target’s health. It is never easy to leave, to escape to safety.

This survey asks target-respondents to evaluate which two barriers listed convinced them to not leave.



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Inequity: Reality for targets of workplace bullying and U.S. society

Wednesday, October 26th, 2011

Bullied targets plead for relief from stress-related health and mental health injuries (up to and including PTSD). They are certainly bothered by the pain, once they connect the dots and realize that it is the exposure to abuse that causes it. Moreso, they are incensed by the injustice, the unfairness, of it all. It’s an upside-down work world where the ingratiating do-nothing predators torment with impunity. It’s not a fair world. That stark realization does untold damage to the target’s worldview. In turn, that violation of assumptions forces them to redefine who they are at the core. Bullying is a life-changing series of events, and in most cases, not ending in a better world for the target.


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