System failed sex pest victim
Sex pests have got to be the luckiest people on planet earth, especially when they are educated and hold positions of power.
Some get away with murder because their victims do not speak out for fear the perpetrators would use their power to further subjugate them. But those whose victims speak out somehow know how to manipulate the system.
A case in point is an alleged sex pest who sexually harassed his subordinate at the University of Johannesburg. This man would go into the woman’s office and ask her to touch his private parts and perform oral sex on him.
For two years, this manager is alleged to have also sent her pornographic material via his official work e-mail, and made inappropriate remarks.
But instead of facing the music, the man simply resigned a day before his disciplinary hearing was to start, ensuring no action was taken against him.
This person left with his integrity intact. He is probably holding a position of power at another institution because, in the words of UJ spokesperson Kaamini Reddy “if an employee resigns, it ends the contract which grants UJ the power to take action against the person”.
The man’s resignation ensured he got all his benefits and doesn’t have a cloud hanging over his head and dampening his future career prospects.
But he left behind a broken woman who feels the system has failed her.