Factitious sexual harassment

Bull Am Acad Psychiatry Law. 1996;24(3):387-92.


Among those claims that trivialize true sexual harassment is a type that the author has come to recognize as factitious (i.e., prompted by the lure of victim status). Women who file factitious sexual harassment cases usually voice their allegations in a very convincing manner and, in the presence of contradictory findings, present a diagnostic challenge. Forensic clinicians must be able to recognize factitious sexual harassment in order to bring objectivity to these complex cases.

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Anger
  • Borderline Personality Disorder / complications
  • Diagnosis, Differential
  • Factitious Disorders* / complications
  • Factitious Disorders* / diagnosis
  • Factitious Disorders* / psychology
  • Female
  • Forensic Psychiatry*
  • Humans
  • Malingering / diagnosis
  • Self Concept
  • Sexual Harassment / legislation & jurisprudence
  • Sexual Harassment / psychology*