Sexual harassment

unwanted sexual attention or advances

Sexual harassment is bullying, coercing or making threats of sexual natures toward other people. The behavior is not appropriate and in some circumstances it is illegal. Ranges of behavior go from seemingly minor annoyances to actual sexual abuse, psychological abuse or assault. For most businesses, the prevention of sexual harassment and defending employees and others from sexual harassment has become a key goal for legal decision-making.

Johann Michael Neder: in the tavern (1833) - Sexual harassment is common in some jobs, such as being a waitress.

The phrase appeared in print in a 1972 issue of The Globe and Mail newspaper published in Toronto.[1] The term 'sexual harassment' was also used in 1973 in a report by Mary Rowe called Saturn's Rings.[2][3]

A 2011 study found that 48% of the 1,965 students surveyed had been sexually harassed. 9% reported the harassment to an adult who worked at school. Girls were more likely to be sexually harassed than boys.[4] Girls are more likely to say that sexual harassment has affected them in a bad way.[5]


  1. Hugh Gardner, "..and every prisoner an unprintable word," The Globe and Mail, 18 March 1972, p. 35. Source: ProQuest Historical Newspapers digital archive.
  2. Kamberi, Ferdi; Gollopeni, Besim (2015-12-01). "The phenomenon of sexual harassment at the workplace in Republic of Kosovo". International Review of Social Sciences. 3: 13. Archived from the original on 2018-10-03. Retrieved 2018-04-12.
  3. Rowe, Mary, "Saturn's Rings," a study of the minutiae of sexism which maintain discrimination and inhibit affirmative action results in corporations and non-profit institutions; published in Graduate and Professional Education of Women, American Association of University Women, 1974, pp. 1–9. "Saturn's Rings II" is a 1975 updating of the original, with racist and sexist incidents from 1974 and 1975. Revised and republished as "The minutiae of discrimination: the need for support," in Forisha, Barbara and Barbara Goldman, Outsiders on the Inside, Women in Organizations, Prentice-Hall, New Jersey 1981, pp. 155–171. ISBN 978-0-13-645382-6.
  4. "SAGE Journals: Your gateway to world-class journal research". SAGE Journals.
  5. "Crossing the Line: Sexual Harassment at School" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2014-06-29. Retrieved 2014-04-16.

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