Expert gives tips on what to look out for in the workplace or on a date

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RALEIGH, N.C. (WNCN) – As the list of men accused of sexual impropriety in the workplace continues to grow, with revelations of accusations leveled against NBC’s Matt Lauer and Minnesota Public Radio’s Garrison Keillor, one local expert is addressing what she calls warning signs people should look for at work or on a date.

“When people are in a position of power over somewhere else that’s the dynamic. When someone tries to insert power into the dating relationship that’s when you’ve got a problem like they demand exclusivity really early on in a relationship or perhaps they’re overly intrusive, asking you real personal questions on your first date, that’s just not appropriate and you know just violating your boundaries,” said Kate Freiman-Fox, a matchmaker with Authentic Connections.

Freiman is also a psychologist and has worked with women and men who have been victims of sexual assault.

“I actually think that this is gonna change how men and women act in the work place and act with each other on dates and I think that’s gonna be a good thing ultimately.”

Freiman says when it comes to dating, try not to give out too much personal information early on, and if you are ever on a date and feel unsafe, or feel like your date has crossed the line, do what you need to do to get out of that situation.

“I match them up and set them up on dates without them even knowing their last names, phone numbers.”

“There’s nothing wrong with telling the Bartender, ‘Hey, this guy is giving me the creeps or this woman’s giving me the creeps. Can you help me get out of this situation safely?’”

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