Out of all the insults you could throw at a modern workplace, sadly, ‘sexist’ is still one of them. About 80% percent of women in the US report experiencing sexual harassment at work. One study even stated that 50% of women had been harassed within the last year alone.

A common form of verbal sexual abuse is the “joke”. Someone says something explicit or degrading about a colleague, and if they aren’t too embarrassed by it and do speak up, they instantly get labeled as too sensitive. You know, the high-end of comedy.

Sick and tired of these situations, author Heather Thompson Day tweeted a smart way of replying to these remarks. The best part is that her answer also forced the perpetrator to think about what they’ve said. Heather’s post has already received over 551K likes, and it has inspired women to share similar stories of stopping sexist bigots.

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Sadly, reporting sexual harassment can and often does have negative consequences for the person who brings up the complaint. One study found that 68% of sexual harassment charges filed with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission or Fair Employment Practices Agencies between 2012 and 2016 included allegations of retaliation, and nearly as many (64%) were associated with job loss.

Having this in mind, it’s hardly surprising that many victims don’t report. It is estimated that roughly 5.1 million Americans experience sexual harassment each year, but only 27% of employees who file charges with the EEOC and continue to pursue redress, receive any benefit.

Inspired by Heather’s tweet, women started sharing similar stories of stopping sexist bigots

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