CHARLOTTE -- Considering the statistics that say 1 in 3 women experience some form of sexual harassment, experts aren't surprised a list of accusers and accused is growing.
Norman Spencer, Volunteer Coordinator at Safe Alliance’s Sexual Trauma Resource Center, told us accuations against well-known people like Kevin Spacy, Senator Al Franken, Roy Moore and Louis C.K. are simply bringing into light an issue that many people have been facing.
“Essentially it's sort of like a snowball effect. You have one disclosure against a very pertinent, powerful, or semi-important individual come forward, then someone else is going to feel more comfortable,” he said.
Many of these incidents coming into light happened at people's workplaces, so many companies are now wondering what they can do to prevent workplace sexual harassment.
Laura Hampton with the Employers Association told us they’ve been getting more calls from companies, asking what they can do to make sure they have a strong policy against harassment.
She said “Sometimes they're missing key nuances such as who should somebody report an issue to? Many times a handbook may say, talk to your supervisor. Well what if your supervisor is the problem?”
Hampton suggests providing multiple avenues victims can pursue, as well as an ongoing training harassment prevention.
“What we find sometimes is people feel like well I wrote the policy. It's in my handbook. I conducted the training, we're done. But in reality, it has to be an ongoing conversation,” Hampton said.
And taking accusations seriously. Spencer said believing the victim who's speaking out is the first step in combating workplace harassment.
Victims of harassment or assault can anonymously call a crisis hotline. In Mecklenburg County, that number is 704-375-9900.