A: A great illustration of why sexual harassment training is so crucial is a mishap at a summer camp program. At typical summer camps, the ages of staff range from 16 to 25 years old. At the camp in question, one of the older male counselors consistently made passes at a younger female counselor, and would make comments about going to a bar and dating that were inappropriate for work. This made the younger counselor very uncomfortable and when she reported it, the directors realized they needed to train the staff on sexual harassment. Because they were so young, most of the counselors hadn’t experienced a professional work environment and they weren’t aware of the severity of their actions.
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