Sexual Harassment

Sexual harassment is defined as unwanted advances of a sexual nature, including demands for sexual services, undesirable sexual suggestions, or other verbal, nonverbal, or physical acts of a sexual nature. Sexual harassment is pervasive worldwide and is a common occupational hazard for women. Primarily, it manifests as gendered and sexist malevolence. It generally appears in three broad ways: (1) harassment, (2) unwanted sexual attention, and (3) sexual coercion. Sexual harassment is most often enacted by men against women, and although men also experience sexual harassment, women report feeling frightened and distressed as a result of sexual harassment more often than men do.

The term sexual harassment has been in use since the 1970s. Prior to that, various terms were used, including sexual coercion, sexual abuse, ...

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