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Unformatted text preview: Sexual harassment Reported more frequently today than ever before, sexual harassment is legally defined as unwanted sexual advances, suggestions, comments, or gestures—usually ongoing in nature and involving a supervisor-supervisee relationship (that is, a situation involving unequal power). Sexual harassment takes many forms, such as: • Verbal harassment or abuse. • Sexist remarks about a person's body, clothing, or sexual activities. • Unwanted touching, pinching, or patting. • Leering or ogling at a person's body. • Subtle or overt pressure for sexual activity. • Demanding sexual favors accompanied by implied or overt threats concerning one's job or student status. • Constant brushing against a person's body. • Physical assault. Women are most often the objects of sexual harassment, especially in the workplace. One review of the literature found that 42 percent of women reported having experienced some form of sexual...
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- Fall '09