The Perception of Sexual Assault & Harassment

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The Perception of Sexual Assault & Harassment
Sexual harassment and sexual assault is nothing new to the modern world. Though the aspect of sexual assault and harassment has existed since the dawn of time. Cavemen would club their selected mate and have their way with them. It wasn’t until the early 1980s that it became more pronounced as immoral and derogatory. Though some may say that certain acts, gestures, jokes, songs, or even quote do not fall under anything worth mentioning, it all boils down to who is present and how the offended perceives it. Bystanders may just see it and not think anything of it, or they will find it extremely offensive.
Men and women comprise two very different and distinct cultures. In an organizational
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Therefore, sexual conduct is unwelcome whenever the person subjected to it considers it unwelcome. Whether the person in fact welcomed a request for a date, sex-oriented comment, or joke depends on all the circumstances.
(Taken From: BNA Communications, Inc. Preventing Sexual Harassment, SDC I P .73)

Though clearly stated above, sexual harassment is not always reported because either it is not perceived as sexual harassment or not fully understood as to the different boundaries. By finding the different means of offense, then the definition of sexual harassment becomes clearer. Table 1 shows the different categories of sexual harassment that cause the most offense.
(Taken From: Rotundo, Nguyen, & Sackett, 2001, Vol 86, No 5 Journal of Applied Psychology, Page 916)
Upon further research into the matter, the number one factor that can be applied to this is gender. How the opposite gender perceives sexual harassment greatly changes between males and females. While a sexually heated joke may not offend a group of men, the female merely passing by may find it to be inappropriate and can report this issue, even though she was not part of the actual conversation.
About 62 different studies were conducted across several different college campuses and public gatherings where the control of men and women were generally equal(Rotundo, Nguyen, & Sackett, 2001). By gathering a group from each, the
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