Harassment victims must speak up for themselves

Much as employers are urged to take the lead in fighting workplace harassment, the issue is larger in reality ("'Onus on employers' to fight harassment"; Dec 24).

We can mitigate the risks of workplace harassment, or any form of harassment, if more Singaporeans learn to speak up for their rights.

This starts with parents and schools.

We must inculcate in our younger generation the ability to speak up when the situation calls for it.

The millennial generation is widely acknowledged as one that is more well read and well travelled, and one that speaks their minds and challenges the norm. These behaviours should be extended to situations that threaten their privacy and well-being.

When confronted with such situations, employees should ideally confront the culprit publicly and approach their bosses or a representative of the company.

If the issue is not resolved satisfactorily or if the culprit is the boss himself, the police station is the next stop.

I understand that some of us may fight shy of being in the limelight, especially in situations of such nature. However, the culprit should be the one feeling awkward.

Whatever the approach, the victim must not be paralysed into inaction. This will likely encourage the culprit to continue his wrongdoings, and/or find another victim.

The onus should be on the victim to put things right.

Paul Heng