Ken Cooper

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Stop Sexual Harassment Now

Sexual harassment prevention expert, corporate trainer
and executive coach Ken Cooper is helping businesses
and the military to "Stop It Now"

Sexual harassment and assault are once again in the public eye due to the notoriety of the offenders and the bravery of the targets. Now more than ever, says corporate trainer Ken Cooper, it is critical to address the entire range of harassment that occurs in the workplace at all levels of an organization, not just at the hands of the powerful.

While most employers have an official policy on sexual harassment, it continues to take place. “What’s lacking,” says Cooper, “is a set of analytical and conversational tools that allow everyone involved to describe and prevent incidents.”

An expert, consultant and author on sexual harassment and body language, Ken Cooper specializes in improving workplace productivity. With more than 30 years experience in training and research, he provides original concepts and tools, along with an engaging approach, that has leaders seeking out his unique services.

Cooper says, “Sexual harassment training — whether in the private sector or the military — has to go beyond the standard legalities and policies. People need to know what to do, how to act, and what the behavioral guidelines are.” They can do so with tools like these:

Four Questions That Help People Stay Out of Trouble

Cooper talks about how easy it is to figure out where the line is, and how to not go near it. Just ask yourself any of these four questions and it becomes obvious:

1. “Is it OK to do?” … If you wonder about it, then by definition, it isn’t.

2. “Would you mind it being publicized?” … Would it bother you to have a picture and a caption of your actions on the front page of "The Wall Street Journal" or on the home page of

3. “Would you do it in front of an important person?” … Would you do it to your CEO’s spouse at a meeting? A policeman’s spouse at a party? A giant football player’s date at a bar? In front of your our own significant other?

4. “Why did you need to do it?” … Why did you have to do it? What business process required it?

Cooper’s 6 Levels of Harassment™

This tool was introduced in Cooper’s book, "Stop It Now: How Targets & Managers Can End Sexual Harassment." It provides a way for targets and investigators to describe and evaluate incidents, along with explaining their actions to offenders who are in denial:

1. Aesthetic Appreciation: Supposedly “innocent” behavior that expresses a non-aggressive appreciation of physical or sexual features.

2. Active Mental Groping: Visual and verbal behavior that involves more crude or vicious jokes and innuendos.

3. Social Touching: Physical contact that carefully stays within accepted social touching conventions, although the target finds it offensive.

4. Foreplay Harassment: An escalation of supposedly innocent touching that actively pushes acceptable touching conventions.

5. Sexual Abuse: Verbal and physical behavior that is clearly outside accepted bounds of decent interaction.

6. Ultimate Threat: This presents outright physical or professional harm to the target.

Cooper’s 8 Offender Stereotypes™

Similarly, there are patterns to the various types of offenders. Sexual harassment is “loser behavior” that deserves to be derided.

These offender stereotypes can be use to pinpoint harassing behavior.

Failed vs. Effective Sexual Harassment Solutions

Most sexual harassment training fails for two reasons. First, it focuses more on victimization than empowerment. Second, it is delivered in a way where no one feels enlightened. Ken Cooper changes that.

Cooper has found a way to make addressing this most challenging of topics engaging and interesting. He delves into the science of how men and women view situations differently, helping everyone to create a safe and productive work environment.

The result of the training are employees who return to their daily jobs with a clear sense of where the line is, how to avoid crossing it, and how to communicate sexual harassment or abuse when it occurs by using now-familiar tools to accurately describe the incident.

Ken’s behavioral tools include:

* The 4 key questions to ask yourself
* Cooper’s 6 Levels of Harassment™
* Cooper’s 8 Offender Stereotypes™
* Target and offender profiles
* 13 early warning signs
* Rules for investigations
* How to counsel offenders
* How to coach leaders

Ken also explains related concepts such as:

* The male/female perception gap
* Situational propriety
* Body language
* Zones of touching
* Target signals
* Denial attitudes
* Culture disconnects
* Emotional reactions
* Conditions fostering sexual harassment

“As more stories of sexual harassment and assault become public,” says Cooper, “everyone is talking about what happened. Now it’s time to talk about a fix. What are we going to do as a result of this? That’s the focus of my training—not just informing and instructing, but changing action, changing behavior.”

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