Hello everyone thank you for stopping by!
I would like to tell you a story of sexual harassment and how i became aware of it.
As you may know i am a current student at a culinary school. I have been in the food industry for about 8 years. I was not really aware that it was happening to me until it happened to me.
The problem starts simply because i am a girl. Being a girl in the kitchen is one of the hardest thing because you have to deal with comments like
“You are a girl”
” Salad station is for girls”
“Ill get paid more than you anyways”
“carry it, don’t you want to be treated equal”
And so on….
Aside from these comments, there are some that just simply cross the line in so many ways.
On my first semester, i was able to witness girls getting hit with towels on their butts. No one ever did anything about this but i assumed they would.I simply ignored the fact that this was happening and continued with my day.
The second time i witnessed sexual harassment, was when one of my friends, lets call her sarah, left culinary school because she couldn’t handle it- she had enough. Her love for food became a bitter liking and decided to leave( trust me, it happens to all of us more than once to do this) She was doing her internship with another classmate and spent most of her time with him. Lets call him “Tim”. After a couple of weeks, this guy began to lose boundaries and began to do some very uncomfortable things. Tim would pass and she would be afraid to say anything. She was not able to open up about all the things that happened to her but you can tell they were horrible. After she left, i started noticing things about Tim. I ignored it and just kept it at the back of my head.
The third time, it was to me. I was in class and Tim made a sexual comment toward me while i was talking to my teacher. My teacher had walked away so she was unable to hear him. It was a very disturbing comment. I felt humiliated. I felt that i was not respected by someone that was around me all the time and felt like i didn’t deserve that. I have always respected everyone and I’m the type of person that is afraid to say bad words. That gives you and idea that i did not even give him a reason to talk to me like that.
I know that some of you might think that i am exaggerating and that i should of just ignored him but how can i? It offended me but it is not the end of the world. It bother me because what is i was another Sara, What if there’s another girl that is sexually harassed and because it was ignored, she get rapped, or worse, killed.
It time to get the word out and make sure it is stopped.
We all deserve a healthy work environment.