In one of my past management jobs, I was bullied every day. One particular co-manager took pleasure in making my life torturous. At work, when nobody else was in our section, he would kick the partition between our offices over and over, and yell curses at me. In the wee hours of the morning, he would call my cell phone at home and shout at me when I eventually woke up and answered. It became so routine that even on nights when he did not call, I would bolt awake with a thumping heart, certain that the phone was ringing again.
Sexual harassment is not about attraction. It is about power – power being exerted by the harasser and attempts to take power away from the victim. Harassment that is not curbed will ramp up, and when you stand up to harassment, you are making it less likely that others will be harassed in a similar way.