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date: 28 March 2020

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This chapter explores the current literature relating to sexual harassment (SH) in the workplace and provides a model which can be adapted for use in organizations to help overcome the problems of SH. Understanding individuals’ and collective perceptions of SH is crucial, particularly because individuals define SH differently and a victim may have problems with labelling sexually harassing behaviours. Even when a victim defines their experience as SH, the victim’s only route to report the SH may be through the hierarchical system which has actually perpetuated the SH. The model presented in this chapter emphasizes the importance of taking a consultative and participatory approach to SH and the importance of monitoring and evaluation, advocating a proactive rather than a reactive strategy to SH policies and procedures.

Keywords: sexual harassment, antecedents, gender, sexuality, power, interventions

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