President of the Student Council at the Edna Manley College, of the Visual and Performing Arts, Kai Wiggan is urging men to exercise self control in order to avoid running afoul of the new sexual harassment legislation.
Parliamentarians debated and approved the legislation in the House of Representatives yesterday.
The legislation seeks to make an offence of utterances or actions of a sexual nature which causes discomfort among individuals in workplaces, schools and other places of business.
Wiggan says the legislation is a step in the right direction as it will ensure people feel safe from unwanted sexual comments and actions.
Kai Wiggan, President of the Student Council at the Edna Manley College of the Visual and Performing Arts.
The institution in 2019 was hit by some 20 complaints of sexual harassment which resulted in at least one member of staff being summoned to the College’s Disciplinary Committee.
Wiggan says she’s confident in the systems the school has implemented to address the issue.
In the meantime, President of the Jamaica Association of Principals of Secondary Schools, Linvern Wright, has also weighed in .
Education Minister, Fayval Williams, says Jamaican schools will soon have to observe an updated sexual harassment policy.
Mr. Wright admits sexual harassment and abuse cases do occur in schools.
He says the society should be mindful that men also often fall victim to sexual harassment.
Linvern Wright, President of the Jamaica Association of Principals of Secondary Schools.