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Rosemarie Skaine

Harassment Is a Leadership Issue

Harassment Is a Leadership Issue
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Published by The Des Moines Register
November 29, 1996
"Harrasment Is A Leadership Issue" was written when charges surfaced of rape and sexual harassment against military trainers at the Army Ordnance Center at Aberdeen Proving Ground. The military is not above the law, but military personnel are subject to a different set of “laws,” the Uniform Code of Military Justice. There are strict rules against fraternization that prohibit improper behavior such as undue familiarity between junior and senior ranks, whether male or female. Fairly enforcing these rules is important.

"Important to fairly enforcing rules is the command climate. A commander I heard speak told the young audience, “If you tell your guys to respect women, they will.” So sexual harassment is a leadership issue; a “commander’s challenge.”

"... many feel that if a female is viewed as “a soldier is a soldier,” we will not hear of gender issues. ...

"Sexual harassment is based in a context of unequal power structure. The military is hierarchical by nature. It is just beginning to change. It will take time to change enough for women to be commanders, for men to view them as colleagues and, therefore, decrease the possibility of sexual harassment."

History , Law , Military/War , Reference , Sociology , Women's Issues/Studies
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