International perspectives on sexual harassment of college students: the sounds of silence

Ann N Y Acad Sci. 2006 Nov:1087:103-20. doi: 10.1196/annals.1385.012.


The incidence, psychological dimensions, reporting, and impact of sexual harassment of college students throughout the world are reviewed. Special attention is paid to methodological constraints in conducting cross-cultural research in sexual harassment, including difficulty in securing research participants, different methodologies to collect incidence data, use of retrospective data, and varying, definitions of sexual harassment. Recommendations for implementing intervention programs are offered. The strategies suggested deal with the social causes that maintain the harassment, including renegotiating the balance of power between men and women.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Cross-Cultural Comparison
  • Cultural Characteristics*
  • Female
  • Global Health
  • Humans
  • Interpersonal Relations
  • Male
  • Peer Group
  • Power, Psychological
  • Prejudice*
  • Sexual Harassment / ethnology*
  • Sexual Harassment / prevention & control
  • Social Perception*
  • Social Values / ethnology*
  • Students*
  • Universities
  • Women's Health