MONTICELLO – With all of the recent allegations of sexual harassment by public figures, a local human rights advocate says victims should not think twice about speaking out.
Ari Mir-Pontier, Sullivan County’s human rights commissioner, said victims should not keep it to themselves.
“If it has happened to you, come forward and there are people who are willing to help you,” Mir-Pontier said. “As we see, it is something that is everywhere and unfortunately this behavior is being done by people that we normally would trust and we would normally say these are great people and in many ways they are, but not in these particular situations.”
Mir-Pontier said just like harassment against people because of their race, color, religion, national origin, gender, age, disability, sexual orientation/preference, marital status, or criminal conviction, sexual harassment is equally wrong and should not be tolerated.