Wednesday, October 31, 2018

Haley Reading Group: Kathryn Joyce’s “Out Here, No One Can Hear You Scream”

[The Best American Science and Nature Writing (2017)]

Kathryn Joyce’s article “Out Here, No One Can Hear You Scream” details the experiences of sexual harassment and assault women experienced while working either at the Grand Canyon or other places of nature.

Joyce captured one woman’s description of putting up with abuse in the workplace because “she didn’t want to be one of those women” and jeopardize her image or career. This statement represents the struggle women face when attempting to demand their rights as human beings without threatening the loss of their jobs or destroying their reputations.

After reading this article, which one of the changes made to discouraging sexual harassment at the work place that you thought was most important? Why did that change matter to you?

26 comments:

Aleeya Barrolle said...

One of the changes made to discouraging sexual harassment at the work place that I thought was important is standard uniforms. "All employees are now required to wear "standard uniforms" on river trips"(269). This matter change was important because women where not comfortable with what they were wearing in their situation.

-Aleeya B.

Asher said...

Reading this article was very difficult, because things like this still occur in every career. Reading the stories of these brave, strong women was hard but also thought it was inspiring. When the investigation went underway, the park finally made some changes and transferred the department head out of the district and filled his role with a woman. Policies were changed. There was not alcohol permitted and supervision were now required during expeditions. The park also was introduced with a detailed plan to improve its sexual harassment policies (pg 268). I believe that changes like this were great and a step forward to making work safe for women.



- Asher Denkyirah

Mackenzie B Cohoon said...

I thought the fact that the role of Bill Wright was filled by a woman (268) was quite important,because that means that women are more likely to have someone who can be more empathetic to them because she understands where they are coming from better, and the situation is more likely to be taken seriously. The other thing that I thought was important is that since 2015, they have strengthened its protocols for sexual harrassment training,so hopefully people will be taught not only how to handle these situations when they happen but they can also prevent it from happening altogether before it becomes an issue (269).

-Mackenzie Cohoon

Ivyanne B. said...

I think that the biggest change that was made to discourage sexual harassment was " detailed plan to improve sexual harassment polices and considering disciplinary actions against managers who mishandle complaints. All employees are now required to wear "standard uniforms"" (pg 268-69). I think that this is a step into bettering the work place especially the uniforms because then females can feel comfortable in the clothes and not feel so different from me. I think that making changes is very important because women deserve to be treated with respect and like they are people and not just things. I don't really agree with them saying Considering disciplinary actions. I think they should get disciplined for mishandling the complaints because this is a serious matter this isn't just something to mishandle or push aside. These women are people who deserve to be treated with respect.
-Ivyanne B.

Devin Ellis-Martin said...

Sexual harassment is a very serious issue, especially in today's world. With this, any new rules made to prevent such an act are important. However, one of the best decisions made was "...supervision was now required during expeditions"(pg. 268). This is important because having someone else with you could deter a possible harassment situation.

Natasha said...

While many actions were discussed in the article, I personally think this is the most important: "According to its response to the OIG, the Park is introducing a detailed plan to improve its sexual harassment policies, and considering disciplinary action against managers who mishandled complaints" (p. 268). While standard uniforms, eliminating alcohol, and other actions are important, I think it comes down to values of the park. Implementing a formal policy against sexual harassment is extremely important.
Natasha H

Brandy Collier said...

One of the changes that occurred that was most important to me was on page 268 when Bill Wright was replaced with a woman. This was important because the women will have more of a voice and they will feel more comfortable or forthcoming when they are sexually harassed. They will also have someone that takes action against sexual harassment and takes them seriously.

-Brandy Collier

Dayejah Coates said...

I believe that the best change was the plan to improve the sexual harassment policies because for one it raises awareness to those who either don't know about it or don't realize that what they are doing is wrong. Secondly, it enforces rules to try to keep it from happening anymore.

Trevon Bosley said...

I honestly had no idea that this type of sexual harassment was so prevalent in the wild life field ,and it angers me that women have to be on their guard no matter what industry they are in. When the article said the woman ,"Somersaulted through the rapids."(pg 255) I thought it was crazy because not only has this man been constantly harassing her ,but now he is even putting putting her life at risk by telling her not to use a life jacket.

Kendall Clark said...

One of the most important changes the park plead to regarding the discouragement of sexual harassment was their plan to improve upon their sexual harassment policies, as well as their consideration to take disciplinary action against managers failing to take proper action when approached with sexual harassment complaints (268.). This is so important because there is such a large amount of sexual harrasment victims whose complaints end up down the drain. This plan would be a huge step in taking victims seriously, and therefore taking the problem serioulsy, and finding justice for victims.

Zuriah Harkins said...

In my opinion, it doesn't seem like the Park Service or the Forest Service did enough to discourage sexual harassment. Although banning alcohol and creating a standard uniform for everyone to wear is a start, I feel like so much more is needed. For example, more serious disciplinary actions should be executed towards those who were accused. A lot of the testimonies from the article stated that the men ended up retiring before they could even be punished for their behavior. Because of this, when someone files a complaint, it should be acted on immediately and taken seriously.

-Zuriah Harkins

Adejoke Adanri said...

While reading this chapter I was so appalled by the type of behavior these women had to put up with. On Page 256 details how Lesa Donnelly’s complaints against her abuse led other women to speak up. It states “She received dozens of calls she heard from women who claim they were being threatened with physical and sexual assault and woman who said they been punished for making complaints”, and she was eventually able to gather claims from 50 women. It is unfair that the men behaving in such a way were only given slight punishments and were still able to work in the field. Women should not have to be scared they will be harassment and the zero tolerance policy they implemented is a step in the right direction

Shaina Falkner said...

After reading "the park is introducing a detailed plan to improve sexual harassment polices and considering disciplinary actions against managers who mishandle complaints," on page 268-269, I felt this was the most important change made to discourage sexual harassment at their workplace. People usually repeat their behavior if it doesn't come with a consequence. I believe, especially in the instance of sexual harassment, that the crime will be repeated if not recognized which if why I believe disciplinary actions are most important to prohibit sexual harassment.

Mike Dade said...

I think the most important change was when they began "introducing a detailed plan to improve sexual harassment polices and considering disciplinary actions against managers who mishandle complaints." (Joyce 268-269) I felt this was the best decision because this discourages future problems. Without proper consequences the offenders will continue to act the way they do because they know nothing serious will happen. By instating stronger protocols against those offenders, others will be less likely to continue the behavior.

Jada Baker said...

On page 268 it says, "The policy for staff boat trips was revised. There would be no alcohol permitted and an outside supervisor would be required on all expeditions." I think this policy change is super important! Whenever we hear about sexual harassment cases, a lot of the time ( not always ) alcohol is involved. I think by eliminating alcohol on the trips, it could help prevent sexual harassment.

-Jada Baker

Carlie Bibbs said...

One of the changes that stood out to me was when the park transferred the Grand Canyon Chief Ranger, Bill Wright, out of the district. The fact that they replaced him with a woman was good to know because I feel like that would make it easier for victims of sexual harassment to speak out and share their stories. When men are in leadership roles, I think that definitely causes some women to shrink away from voicing their concerns. It was also good to see that they changed the organizational culture by removing a man who might've been contributing to it.

Tomika Collins said...

I grew up in an error where sexual harassment was not taken as seriously as it is today. I am so glad that times have changed. When given the time and space a predator will definitely take advantage of it. The change of making it mandatory to have.....supervision was now required during expeditions (on page 268). This is a great idea due to the fact that this will more than likely keep the predators from attempting to commit sexual assault with the fear of being caught. Having other people around is a great deterrent and can also serve a great witnesses.

Ronnie Akpan said...

First and foremost, harassment of any type is in no way, shape, or form acceptable, especially not in a professional workforce. The idea on page 256 about uniforms is, in my opinion, a feasible solution to this issue because it limits any possible desire/distraction one may have and it allows people as workers to focus on their career and not less important (exterior) things.

Anonymous said...

After reading this, I was alarmed about how many assaults happen in places like this. Of course they occur but it was a really wide opening thing to read. On page 268 they talk about rule improvements and standards they are rising and that to me is fantastic. As they say acknowledgement is the first time to improvement and the fact that it is being acknowledged is huge. There is a lot of overlooking that happens in situations like this so we are definitely on the right path.
Kaelyn Blunt

Daeja Daniels said...

A sad as this is sexual harassment still occurs in the workplace today. However reading this article brought light to the situation and was a reminder that things can always change. One of the most important things that I thought they did was to ban alcohol during the job as well as replacing and the chief with a female. On page 268 it says, "The policy for staff boat trips was revised. There would be no alcohol permitted". This type of change allows for the female workers to see that change is happening.

Anonymous said...

his article impacted me deeply. You really never know how it feels to be sexually assaulted until it happens to you. I would like to also say after experiencing it myself I would like to apologize to anyone that has gone unheard or is struggling with their day to day life because of this. One of the best changes was supervision being required on trips(268). Not only does a supervisor prevent sexual assault by their presence but it also gives the victims somewhere to go for safety if they feel threatened. Desmond C.

Aliyah Johnson said...

One change that discouraged sexual harassment in the work place that i found most startling was the one where continue court oversight was ordered over the forest preserve in 1995 and ended in 2006 (257). This order impacts my perception of society's opinion about women's confessions of assault. After the order ended the women who where verbally and physically assaulted were ignored. 50 women spoke up about the assault but the court felt that they only deserved 11 years of safety. This makes me realize that women's confessions need to be taken more seriously.
--Aliyah Johnson

Anonymous said...

One change that discouraged sexual harassment in the work place that i found most startling was the one where continued court oversight was ordered over the forest Service in 1995 and ended in 2006 (257). This order impacts my perception of society's opinion about women's confessions of assault. After the order ended the women who where verbally and physically assaulted were ignored. 50 women spoke up about the assault but the court felt that they only deserved 11 years of safety. This makes me realize that women's confessions need to be taken more seriously.
--Aliyah J

Youssef Hassan said...

As i was reading the beginning of this article, it seemed like it was going to talk about Cheyenne's experience while she was working in the Grand Canyon's. But as i read on i was shocked to learn that there was sexual harassment taken place. The change that affected me was on page 268 when no alcohol was allowed and a supervisor would have to be required for all expeditions. This affected me because of what i read about the victims not filing a complaint because of not wanting to lose there spot, or not wanting to show the attacker a weakness.

Joshua Jones said...

My initial reactions of the article were very judgmental. Women deserve to be treated fairly However, after finishing, I concluded that not only do they deserve fair treatment but fair aid when they are in need. From pages 267-279, it took a long investigation for the women who were sexually harassed to get some type of justice. Specifically, the two women were told that "their contracts would not be renewed,"on page 267, because of their attempts at justice. It took decades later for authorities to look into the incidents. I believe that having issues such as this discourages individuals from reporting crimes and currently, we are trying to better this system.

-Josh J.

Alishiana Ivy said...

While reading this particular article, the change that stood out to me the most was on page 269 when it stated that “Employees are required to wear standard uniform on river trips”. I feel that this was an important change because people always make the excuse of how the women should have not worn a certain thing. Stating that a women was “asking for it”. Now they all have to wear standard uniform so they won't have that excuse anymore.