Sexual assault and other types of sexual harassment by workplace personnel: a comparison of antecedents and consequences

J Occup Health Psychol. 2002 Apr;7(2):174-88. doi: 10.1037//1076-8998.7.2.174.


Although sexual assault by workplace personnel is widely viewed as a type of sexual harassment, little is known about whether these overlapping constructs may possess some unique characteristics. This article compares the theoretical antecedents and consequences of sexual assault by workplace personnel and other types of sexual harassment among 22,372 women employed in the U.S. military. Path analysis revealed that low sociocultural and organizational power are associated with an increased likelihood of both types of victimization. Organizational climate and job gender context are directly associated with sexual harassment but are only indirectly associated with sexual assault by workplace personnel. Both types of victimization are associated with a variety of negative outcomes, but the pattern of negative consequences differs.

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Crime Victims / psychology*
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Middle Aged
  • Military Personnel*
  • Power, Psychological
  • Risk Factors
  • Sex Offenses*
  • Sexual Harassment*
  • Workplace*