Sexual harassment. Violence against women in the workplace

Am Psychol. 1993 Oct;48(10):1070-6. doi: 10.1037//0003-066x.48.10.1070.


Sexual harassment has been a fixture of the workplace since women first began to work outside the home. Although true epidemiological studies do not exist, large-scale surveys of working women suggest that approximately 1 of every 2 women will be harassed at some point during their academic or working lives. The data indicate that harassment is degrading, frightening, and sometimes physically violent; frequently extends over a considerable period of time; and can result in profound job-related, psychological; and health-related consequences. This article provides a brief review of the prevalence and consequences of sexual harassment and outlines social policy implications for research, legislation, and primary prevention.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Female
  • Gender Identity
  • Humans
  • Occupational Exposure
  • Sexual Harassment / legislation & jurisprudence
  • Sexual Harassment / prevention & control
  • Sexual Harassment / psychology*
  • Violence*