Sexual Harassment of Women

Sexual harassment of women is a costly and traumatic event that occurs across different income levels, job settings, and racial/ethnic boundaries. Sexual harassment occurs at work, at school, and in the military; it is not confined to one group of women or to one setting. Although it may be more common in some settings than others, it is a widespread and persistent problem. This entry explores the definitions and demographics of sexual harassment, and the consequences for victims, financially and emotionally.

Although the origins of the term sexual harassment are not clear, the term has been used since the 1970s. Sexual harassment can be defined in many ways, but the most common and complete description of sexual harassment is provided in the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity ...

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