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I See You.. Part 2
Culturally, sexual harassment and abuse are tools leveraged to exploit the less powerful within the traditional and patriarchal hierarchy of a capitalist paradigm. People consequently are dehumanized, commoditized and objectified for the entertainment and consumption of those willing to abuse their power. Greed, power, lust and egos, intertwine to create a delusional cocktail that will intoxicate the plutonic and cordial body that was formed to perform various tasks and duties within the web of integrity spun by its leaders.
Changing from an “ICU” to a “I see you “culture.
In short; changing the culture requires:
- Management should be educated on how they should conduct themselves and respond to complaints
- Staff should be educated on what their rights are and how they too can be victims of sexual harassment. Staff should also be empowered to utilize the “ See something, Say something” rule.
- Establish- Legislation should be updated and agencies tasked with identifying and penalizing organizations that fail to respond appropriately or have been found to enable hostile environments for victims.
- Shift- Move from a culture of enablement to a positive advocacy environment that supports victims that demonstrate the courage to expose this negative behavior.
- Dismantle- Eliminate arbitration clauses that do not shed light on valid matters of abuse and often dismiss the matter enabling the opportunity for the problem to persist.
- Create- Develop and demonstrate healthy attitudes, behaviors and relationships between staff and management to reduce unhealthy assumptions about the balance of power which foster disdain for management and the potential for unsubstantiated accusations.
- Deploy- The government should assign more resources to further develop existing Human Resources departments while also providing support for companies that do not have a department to address training and complaints.
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As a business development consultant, Donavan has coordinated a series of workshops and symposiums designed to empower and educate micro-entrepreneurs in Philadelphia, Chester, Delaware & New York. For four Seasons through People for People, Donavan managed a project at Lincoln Financial Field for the Philadelphia Eagles football games whereby he hired and supervised over 500, normally disenfranchised, employees to work. In addition to his professional achievements, Donavan is also highly committed to public service. During his final year as an undergraduate at Penn State University, Donavan was fortunate to obtain the privileged position on Capitol Hill, working for former United States Senator, Carol Moseley-Braun. This experience broadened his understanding and deepened his civic-mindedness allowing him to hold various positions in the social service arena over the past decade.