Advancing Our Scientific Understanding of Sexual Harassment
I welcome this important and necessary contribution by Herbenick et al. (2019) and greatly appreciate their candor and courage in discussing their personal experiences and recommendations for the sexuality research field.1 I have written this letter as someone who wishes to be an ally to these leading scholars and as someone who has been involved in clinical practice and research on sexual exploitation and abuse for more than 20 years.
Sexual harassment is clearly not a recent phenomenon or restricted to the sexuality research field. Even a cursory Google Scholar search shows empirical studies of sexual harassment in the workplace, including universities, dating back decades, as demonstrated by surveys of students about harassment beginning in the 1980s (e.g., Fitzgerald et al., 1988; Fitzgerald & Ormerod, 1991). An International Labour Organization report by McCann (2005) documented government efforts to address sexual harassment in the workplace as a form of gender discrimination...
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