How do we help the victims?
How do we help the victims
If being a victim of workplace abuse, suffering sexual harassment, intimidation or bullying were not enough, the consequences of reporting it can be even worse. Sometimes the victims of abuse are not believed. Just as often the victims are reporting what is already widely known and accepted about a powerful person who may have control of the company.
Victims often experience shame and humiliation, anxiety, depression, PTSD, sleeplessness and stress related illnesses. They also often begin to perform poorly and not only get bad performance reviews but also lose their jobs. Their prospect of future employment vanishes as they are viewed as a snitch or difficult employee. They are known as a cause of problems for an employer.
The usual legal remedy often makes matters worse. Victims go on record as not a team player and problem employee. What ever portion of the settlement that they get hardly covers their medical bills and loss of income to say nothing of future earnings. It also offers little satisfaction. The victim’s voice is often not heard in court as all eyes are on the high powered accused.
Intensive Psychotherapy quickly restores victims to good mental health leaving them with the ability to think clearly and to have a powerful, articulate voice. By avoiding an adversarial, legal process, the company is able to help the victims. The company is asked to pay for all of the mental health rehabilitation costs and to keep victims on salary until they can return productively to work.
Victims, who after therapy no longer assume a victim position, will be offered a reconcilliation process. This reconcilliation process bring together all of the stake holders. This may only be reconcilliation between the victims and the company but may also include the accused. It is a deeply satisfying process that creates a safer, stronger culture in the workplace that is now fortified against future abuse.