Sexual Assault or Harassment in any workplace negatively affects productivity and teamwork, not to mention being destructive and simply wrong.
Of course, the workplaces of law enforcement, prosecutors, advocates and allied professionals are no different. But the work of responding to violent crime (and in particular special victim cases) presents unique challenges in the area of sexual harassment. There remains a culture of hyper-masculinity in law enforcement, and at times gender roles seem more strictly applied (for instance, female prosecutors and detectives may be unfairly seen as more suitable to handle child sexual abuse cases, but less suitable to handle homicide cases). Advocates, who bring a crucial service to the cause of justice in sexual assault cases, are usually but not exclusively female and sometimes come from backgrounds with more progressive views of gender roles. Medical professionals, such as forensic nurse, bring their own norms, stereotypes and culture to our justice teams as well.
Justice3D provides training on sexual harassment, covering all of the core concepts but tailored specifically to individuals who either work within or manage criminal justice and related agencies.
Our training focuses on the avoidance of a hostile workplace as well as quid pro quo and other forms of individually perpetrated acts of harassment and unacceptable behavior.
We train specifically on how law enforcement and allied professionals can act to prevent these situations, and also how best to react when problematic behavior is seen. We also train managers, whether department executives, supervisors, directors or other leaders, on how to deal with the potential effects of sexual harassment, and how to best interact with employees both experiencing sexual harassment and being accused of it.
The core philosophy of Justice3D’s approach is an overriding focus on the treatment of everyone within the scope of employment with dignity and respect. Within the law enforcement response, this concept applies not only within the station house, the office or the clinic, but also anywhere we meet the public, whether as victims, witnesses, suspects or concerned parties. Oftentimes, we encounter individuals during the most traumatic and trying times of their lives. Our commitment to dignity and respect amongst each other as professionals, and to the public we serve, is all the more important to ensure justice is done and lives are repaired.