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The young woman was clearly within earshot when the boss said to a group of male employees: “Her ass fills up so nicely in that skirt, that is the kind of ass I would tear up when I was your age.” A few shuffled their feet and grunted in amusement while the rest remained silent. None spoke up then, and just like in that company many male coworkers still don’t speak up when they witness sexual harassment in the office. What responsibility does a man have to stop sexual harassment?  “MEN HAVE NO LEGAL OBLIGATION AT ALL. THE QUESTION IS, DO YOU HAVE AN ETHICAL AND MORAL OBLIGATION?” That’s up to them and their companies to decide,” says Susan Strauss, EdD, who consults with businesses around the world to address sexual harassment. “Men don’t stand up for three reasons: They think it won’t do any good. They feel they’ll be…

When Gretchen Carlson spoke out about her experience of sexual harassment at work, it inspired women everywhere to take their power back and tell the world what happened to them. In a remarkable, fierce talk, she tells her story — and identifies three specific things we can all do to create safer places to work. “We will no longer be underestimated, intimidated or set back,” Carlson says. “We will stand up and speak up and have our voices heard. We will be the women we were meant to be.”

It is not easy to deal with developmental trauma, however, Understanding these basic themes, which are often a result of dissociative effects on the traumatized person, can help people recognize areas of difficulty so they can begin doing the work of recovery, repair, and personal growth. Highlighted here, are key ways that identity tends to be shaped by earlier traumatic experiences: Loss of childhood: “I never really had a childhood” or “I can’t remember much from growing up.” People who experience a very distressing childhood often can’t remember large chunks of their early life. They may remember particularly vivid moments, sometimes called “flashbulb memories,” which don’t have any context to them. They often don’t have a clear story of themselves as a child, up through adolescence, early adulthood, and sometimes even later in life. Missing parts of oneself: “I’ve always felt like something was missing, but I don’t know what it is.” With chronic developmental distress, children often disconnect important…