Ivanka Trump Stays Mostly Mum on Being Dragged Into Debate on Sexual Harassment

Fatima Goss Graves, the senior vice president at the National Women’s Law Center, said harassment was one of the ways women were pushed out of some sectors like the tech industry. The E.E.O.C. received almost 7,000 charges of sexual harassment last year, according to its website. Many cases go unreported.

“Employees who do experience harassment often don’t report it because they fear retaliation, they fear professional or social penalties, they worry that they will be blamed for the harassment,” Ms. Graves said. “There are social and emotional costs; there are longstanding career costs.”

“Harassment isn’t about someone being weak or strong or asking to be harassed,” she added. “If it was as simple as being a stronger person, it would probably be an easier problem to solve.”