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NCJ Number: 164288 Find in a Library
Title: Addressing Sexual Harassment: Strategies for Prevention and Change (From Sexual Harassment on College Campuses: Abusing the Ivory Power, Second Edition, P 215-234, 1996, Michcle A Paludi, ed. -- See NCJ-164274)
Author(s): M Biaggio; A Brownell
Date Published: 1996
Page Count: 20
Sponsoring Agency: State University of New York Press
Albany, NY 12207
Sale Source: State University of New York Press
90 State Street, Suite 700
Albany, NY 12207
United States of America
Type: Survey
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: Recent studies suggest that sexual harassment is a significant problem on university campuses, and faculty and student affairs staff who are in the position of observing and being told about sexual harassment incidents should consider a range of issues in determining how to effectively address the problem.
Abstract: University policies on reporting and processing sexual harassment incidents can impede or facilitate the investigation and fair disposal of sexual harassment complaints. Further, the dissemination of information about sexual harassment will not necessarily affect attitudes that perpetuate victimization. Advocates should understand institutional policies regarding sexual harassment and be aware of grievance procedures in place at their universities. Advocates should also consider the extent to which they can be effective without engendering resentment of the accused or others. When significant risks are involved for advocates, they may be most effective by asking the student to report the sexual harassment to a superior or to another colleague who will be sympathetic to the victim and who may be in a better position to act on the complaint. The decision to actually file a sexual harassment complaint should be an informed one; victims have the right to understand the complaint process and difficulties they may encounter. Similarly, the investigation should be carried only as far as the complainant wants it to go. Interventions to challenge attitudes that perpetuate sexual harassment are listed, and issues associated with processing sexual harassment complaints and dealing with the consequences of sexual harassment are described. 37 references
Main Term(s): Sexual assault victims
Index Term(s): Campus crime; Female victims; Gender issues; Higher education; Sex discrimination; Sexual behavior; Sexual harassment; Students
Note: SUNY Series, The Psychology of Women
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