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ERIC Number: ED250984
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983-Sep
Pages: 32
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: 0
Sexual Harassment of Students at The Pennsylvania State University.
Johnson, Michael P.; Shuman, Susan
Sexual harassment of Penn State students by school employees was studied in 1982. The research focused on harassment by employees who had power over the student or who were in a position to affect the student's educational experience. A random sample of 515 full-time female students was asked whether university employees had ever: stared at or commented on her body in a suggestive way, or directed remarks or jokes toward her; made unwelcome requests for dates with her; requested or demanded her participation in sexual activity; or made physically aggressive sexual advances toward her or touched her in an objectionable way. About one out of four (24 percent) of respondents had been harassed in at least one of the ways described. It was estimated that of the 11,800 full-time women students enrolled at the campus, about 2,800 had experienced some sexual harassment. Nine percent of the respondents had experienced either physical harassment or requests/demands for sex. Eight percent had experienced unwelcome requests for dates. Information is provided on the characteristics of victims, the power relationship, consequences for the victim, and reporting of incidents. Ways that the university can reduce sexual harassment are also discussed. Excerpts of comments by respondents are included. (SW)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Pennsylvania State University