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Model for Sexual Harassment Behavior

NCJ Number
Forensic Examiner Volume: 8 Issue: 9 & 10 Dated: September/October 1999 Pages: 30-33
Terry L. Stawar Ed.D.
Date Published
4 pages
This article presents a conceptual model of sexual harassment behavior.
The sexual harassment event consists of four basic elements that previously have been applied to child sexual abuse: (1) The perpetrator has the intent to harass; (2) The perpetrator's internal inhibitions (moral principles, ethics, conscience) are nonexistent or have been undermined; (3) The perpetrator's social inhibitions (getting caught, fired, sued, publicly humiliated, etc.) are nonexistent or have been undermined; and (4) The perpetrator undermines or overcomes the victim's capacity to avoid or resist the harassment. A conceptual model of sexual harassment perpetration considers how the presence or absence of instigative factors, inhibitory factors, habit strength, and situational factors contribute to the probability of sexual harassment. The article describes instigations to sexually harass, internal and external inhibitions to sexually harass, habit strength, situational factors, and organizational climate. Figures, references


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