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Sexual Harassment Prevention

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nygov-logo-shareNew York State now requires employers to provide sexual harassment prevention training in addition to updating sexual harassment policies.

Their requirements say that every employer in New York State is required to provide employees with sexual harassment prevention training. An employer that does not use the model training developed by the Department of Labor and Division of Human Rights must ensure that the training that they use meets or exceeds the following minimum standards. Model training materials are available to employers to download.

 

The training must:

  • be interactive
  • include an explanation of sexual harassment consistent with guidance issued by the Department of Labor in consultation with the Division of Human Rights
  • include examples of conduct that would constitute unlawful sexual harassment
  • include information concerning the federal and state statutory provisions concerning sexual harassment and remedies available to victims of sexual harassment
  • include information concerning employees’ rights of redress and all available forums for adjudicating complaints
  • include information addressing conduct by supervisors and any additional responsibilities for such supervisors

Each employee must receive training on an annual basis, starting October 9, 2018.

All employees must complete the model training or a comparable training that meets the minimum standards by Oct. 9, 2019.

You have the option of conducting the standard training online via webinar or even over the phone. If you want an in-person and customized training for your office or workplace, contact Dr. Torrisi

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Q&A at Jericho High School

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Rosara Torrisi, 2015 Best Sex Therapist on Long Island, was recently invited and presented to a group of high school students in Jericho for the second year in a row. All of the students were eager to ask sexologist, Rosara Torrisi about her work as a therapist, her work as a sex therapist, and some education about healthy sexuality. Here are some of the questions and answers. Continue reading

Male Survivors of Sexual Assault

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Of those who experience and report sexual assault, males are 10% of all victims. Males are some of the most under-representated and under-served populations when it comes to sexual assault, especially because of harmful social norms which shame men in to believing it was their fault and that they should never ever tell anyone. This only prevents men from seeking and receiving the support they need. Something I discuss with all survivors is the need for you to take the reins of power back from your perpetrator, invigorate the life force within you, and start guiding your own life. If you or someone you know has been a victim of sexual assault, reach out to a healthcare provider and seek support. You CAN regain power. Call Rosara Torrisi at 516-690-6770. You can also visit RAINN for more information.

This is a link to a BuzzFeed article wherein 25 men speak out about their sexual assault through the use of written words and photography. It is powerfully moving.