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How airlines can help prevent in-flight sexual harassment, misconduct, and abuse

Sexual misconduct on crowded airlines is happening more often (Los Angeles Times — Hugo Martin), and airlines – like all corporations – can do quite a bit towards preventing it.

Sexual harassment, misconduct, and abuse impact all of us. With these acts  often occurring in public places, it’s not surprising that reports of misconduct on commercial flights are on the rise.

Here are some key ways that airlines can do more to prevent sexual violence during flights:

Adopt a standard set of protocols for addressing incidents of sexual harassment, misconduct and abuse;

Offer better sexual violence prevention training for staff;

Collect better data on reports of sexual assault incidents; and

Consistently remind passengers that these behaviors are not acceptable, and that airlines are prioritizing the safety of passengers and crews.

“That proximity of an airplane makes it extra uncomfortable. […] They could start doing some consistent messaging and campaigning to let them know it’s a priority.”

From college campuses to the military, we know that raising awareness about sexual harassment, misconduct, and abuse is an important step to preventing these types of bad behaviors from happening and ensuring victims can safely report any experiences of sexual violence. Passengers deserve to feel safe and respected while traveling, and airlines must ensure that message is always communicated.

Uber and NSVRC release new taxonomy to tackle sexual violence

In Uber’s new policy blog, “Counting it is the first step towards ending it,” Uber’s Chief Legal Officer Tony West and Kristen Houser, Chief Public Affairs Officer at RALIANCE and our partner organization the National Sexual Violence Resource Center, unveil a new taxonomy developed in partnership with the Urban Institute to help categorize incidents of sexual misconduct and sexual assault reported on the Uber platform.

Around the world, from corporate boardrooms to government offices, data drives decision-making.

So when it comes to sexual harassment, misconduct and assault, which is significantly underreported and thus lacks widely available data – particularly for acts that may not be considered criminal such as inappropriate comments – having very clear data is critical to pursuing sustainable solutions that will help end sexual violence in one generation. The new taxonomy categorizes reports of sexually violent experiences based on very specific, easy to understand language based on human behavior. Using and categorizing this more precise language will ultimately increase the availability of data and drive appropriate courses of prevention activity, ultimately informing how best to support users of the Uber platform.

As Tony and Kristen write:

These challenges create a landscape in which the limited information that is reported out provides only an incomplete and fragmented understanding of the true scope and scale of sexual violence. The value of a carefully-developed taxonomy for reported incidents of sexual harassment, sexual misconduct, or sexual assault is that it can increase consistency and help us to identify trends, thereby informing the development of more effective response and prevention efforts.

This new taxonomy is a step towards Uber’s goal of creating transparency reports for sexual violence that are shareable and useful to support and advance similar efforts in other businesses and industries. RALIANCE applauds this effort and we see this as the latest step in our mission to end sexual violence in one generation.

Open Letters to Prevent Sexual Harassment, Misconduct and Abuse in the Workplace

RALIANCE, a Washington, DC-based national partnership dedicated to ending sexual violence in one generation, recently partnered with teamed up with human capital professionals Huntbridge, and Kindall Evolve to provide training, tools and consulting to help companies working to strengthen their sexual harassment policies and procedures. The collaboration published a series of four open letters… …

It’s Time To Move The Needle On Sexual Violence In Corporate America

For anyone who has experienced sexual harassment or other kinds of sexual intimidation to hear that for decades Bill O’Reilly may have repeatedly sexually harassed numerous coworkers while his employer, Fox News, stood by, it may feel like yet another example of sexual harassment and sexual violence not being taken seriously in this country. …

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