For the first time in history, the Senate will require members, aides and interns to do sexual harassment training. The Senate approved the bipartisan resolution late Thursday. But, will it work?
We asked people in the Tampa Bay area their thoughts on lawmakers taking this training and what they think needs to be done to make sexual harassment training more effective. Many people we spoke with say they barely remember what they learned in that training but say much of it is common sense.
“It’s only going to work if there’s accountability,” Mary said, “by holding people accountable for their actions and showing that there are repercussions from what you do, that’s the only way things will ever work and start change.”
Very few studies have been done on how effective sexual harassment training is but one main takeaway from research says the training must be seen as genuine in order to be taken seriously.
“I’m glad Senators are now required to take sexual harassment training. Leadership starts at the top,” Percible Mapp said.
Some say training needs to be more engaging with more examples so people truly understand the difference between what is and isn’t appropriate. However, good training or not, Samantha Wortsman says it’s up to the person to act responsibly.
“The person is going to want to have to change. They may know it’s wrong but it’s up to them to change their behavior, it’s up to them, not up to the training,” Wortsman said.