A man who has been counselling at the centre for mental health issues in Manchester has been accused of sexual harassment by two former staff members.
A Facebook post by the man, who has since been removed, shows the woman, who works as a social worker, accusing him of inappropriate behaviour, and then making lewd remarks about her breasts.
The post, which has since gone viral, has been viewed nearly five million times.
It has since attracted hundreds of comments and comments about the woman’s mental health.
One commenter said: “This is a great example of the sexism that surrounds mental health, in particular, the need for more women in the field.”
A spokesperson for Manchester City Council said it was aware of the post and was looking into it.
“Counselling is a vital part of the care provided to people in mental health care, and we have a duty to protect the safety and wellbeing of our clients, and our staff,” they said in a statement.
“We are aware of this matter and are in touch with the individual.”
The woman who made the post said she had been offered a job as a counsellors’ assistant but decided against it, and had not received any support from the centre.
The woman told the BBC the experience had left her feeling “uncomfortable and unappreciated”.
She said: It made me feel uncomfortable to be a counselor and to be asked to have sex.
I’ve had this conversation a few times in the past and I’ve been very respectful of women, but I just thought: I don’t feel comfortable being a counseller.
I felt like this was not a safe space.
I was very angry and very upset about it and it was really disappointing.
I feel very uncomfortable to come out and be in a situation where I’m not safe to go into a space where I feel unsafe.
The video of the woman in the Facebook post has since come to light and has been shared more than 200,000 times.
A representative from Manchester City said the centre’s board had spoken to the woman and she was “being supported”.
The video has also been viewed more than 2 million times, and the centre has removed the offending posts.
One person has been reported to the police, and one woman has also reported a complaint to the Independent Police Complaints Commission.
The Facebook post about the alleged assault was shared by the woman who wrote it.
The centre has a strict policy on staff members making comments to women, including the use of profanities.
The board has not commented on the allegations.
The Centre for Mental Health has since removed the posts and apologised to the man for the incident.
It’s not the first time the centre had to apologise.
In September, it was criticised after a video was posted online showing staff members saying to a woman who had made a complaint about a colleague: “Just like that, you’re in the clear.”
One woman said she felt unsafe going to the centre because staff were saying the “boys will be boys”.
In August, the centre apologised after a man accused the centre of sexual misconduct.
A spokesman for the centre said they had removed the video but had been unable to do so due to the privacy of the incident, and did not have any further comment at the time.
In a statement, the council said: We are committed to ensuring that the care of people in our care is safe and secure.
“It is not acceptable for staff members to harass or assault any person, particularly women, or for any inappropriate comments to be made about women’s bodies or personal health to be posted on Facebook.”
We take these matters very seriously, and will continue to investigate any and all reports of this kind.
“The centre’s policies on staff sexual harassment and abuse are based on the highest ethical standards and the safety of our patients and the wider community is always our number one priority.”
Staff who make such comments will be identified and dealt with appropriately.
“Any concerns we receive about staff behaviour will be referred to the relevant management team.”
This matter will be reviewed to determine what actions, if any, we take to ensure that our community can have a safe and healthy experience of counselling.
“The centre is run by the Centre for Psychological Services (CPS), which is part of Manchester City.
A spokesperson said: ‘We are working closely with the police and the CPS to establish the facts surrounding this incident and the relevant issues that have arisen from it.’
The man who made that Facebook post was subsequently fired from his job at the mental health centre, the spokesperson added.
In the video, which was posted on August 16, the woman is seen lying on the floor.
She appears to be distressed and crying.
She says: “I feel like I’m just going to die.”
After the video was shared, a Facebook user identified as Kym Al-Khatib, an administrator at the facility, wrote: “