Summary of A Memory Scientist’s Advice on Reporting Harassment and Discrimination

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When victims of bullying and harassment report abuse, they often face intense scrutiny and skepticism. Memory scientist Julia Shaw proposes three strategies to help victims record their memories in a way that provides unassailable evidence and buoys their cases. Shaw’s no-nonsense, practical talk provides useful pointers to victims of harassment as well as to companies that are serious about weeding out bullying and discriminatory behavior.

In this summary, you will learn

  • Why accurately recording traumatic memories and reporting incidents of bullying and harassment to employers is so difficult,
  • What three strategies can substantiate memories and strengthen your case, and
  • How an online reporting tool enables victims to record and report workplace harassment and discrimination anonymously.

About the Speaker

Memory scientist and criminal psychologist Julia Shaw is the author of The Memory Illusion.



The Me Too and Time’s Up movements spotlighted the proliferation of bullying, discrimination and sexual harassment in the workplace. The conversation has identified a need for society to address the “underlying causes and consequences of harassment.” Empowering victims to speak out is an essential first step. Women, people of color and members of the LGBTQI community are most likely to experience workplace harassment, although few people get by unscathed. Yet some 98% of victims fail to report incidents to their employer. They suffer in isolation, unable to overcome the barriers to reporting, such as silencing, skepticism and retribution.

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