Alyssa K. Schabloski Authors Article on the Difficulty of Reporting Sexual Harassment in Law Enforcement Workplaces
In the article, “Handling sexual harassment in law enforcement workplaces,” published in Daily Journal, attorney Alyssa K. Schabloski examines the difficulty law enforcement officers may have when it comes to reporting sexual harassment. “Sexual harassment in the enforcement workplace can present unique challenges to those who suffer from it, as well as those who report it,” says Ms. Schabloski. Due to its paramilitary organization where a clear chain of command exists, once an officer breaks that chain, he or she can gain a reputation of being untrustworthy.
In the law enforcement industry, being untrustworthy can mean the difference between life and death, as well as the risk of being ostracized; therefore, making it difficult for an officer to report sexual harassment or a victim coming forth.
She adds, “When enforcing the law becomes a risk, due to fears of retaliation or otherwise, the officer’s worldview can change.”