When Men Face Sexual Harassment

While over half of all women in the workplace report experiencing some form of sexual harassment on the job,  the issue of sexual harassment of men is starting to get more media attention.  

According to a recent survey, about one-third of all working men reported at least one form of sexual harassment in the previous year.   Of the 7,809 sexual harassment charges filed in 2011 with the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commision (EEOC), 16.1 percent were filed by men.   By 2013, this had risen to 17.6 percent.  

Despite the serious consequences that can stem from sexual harassment, whether it involves men or women,  sexual harassment against men is often not taken as seriously as equivalent harassment directed against women.   There has been extensive research looking at how sexual harassment can affect women, both in terms of the emotional consequences and reduced job prospects,  but fewer studies have looked at how men are affected.  

To read more, check out my new Psychology Today blog post.


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