I've now completed the first day of training the employees of a local city to avoid sexual harassment, having made roughly 2 hour presentations to two groups of about 20 each.
1. Never try to explain the confluence of federal and state law to government employees before noon.
2. Apparently everyone in this city likes to go "GIRL, you're looking FINE, SHOW me!", and then the other employee turns around in place, and the first one goes "WOOOOOO!" It is probably impossible to break them of this, at least with the amount of time and the tools and use-of-force limits I am presented with.
3. After I prepared this presentation and reviewed the available summaries and caselaw for interesting examples and cautionary tales, I thought I would be impossible to shock. Boy, was I wrong. Midway through the morning an employee described an incident so completely cringingly inappropriate that Andrew Dice Clay would be going "hey man, not cool, not cool," and then described how supervisors laughed it off. I have my work cut out for me.
4. I train supervisors in the morning tomorrow, and police in the afternoon. I am going to drop the hammer on the supervisors. Hard. Then we'll see how it goes with the cops. I may be stereotyping, but I suspect I'm going to get some push-back from them.
5. So far, in response to my leading questions designed to create the illusion of audience participation, only one person has suggested that yeah, it would be cool to have team-building in a strip club.
6. Audiences will start participating by asking more questions if you threaten to make them role-play scenarios.
Edited to add:
7. When you've scripted vignettes for your staff to record on video and then play to make the whole sexual-harassment-presentation more audio-visual intense and attention-grabbing, have someone read through your scripts and make sure than the inappropriate conduct depicted isn't too funny. Inappropriate laughter is death to the right tone at a training session. (The problematical line in question: "She has a name?")
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