College Sexual Harassment

In recent years, much has been done to raise awareness of sexual harassment in the workplace, and how to go about identifying and reporting such behavior. However, this practice still affects scores of workers, with more and more individuals reporting sexual harassment in an academic setting.
According to the AAUW, over two thirds of college students have experienced some form of sexual harassment, while staggeringly few of these individuals come forward and report such activity. The sexual harassment seen on college campuses is not greatly different in the ways in which it is manifested- name calling, inappropriate touching, threats. Rather it is the situating of individuals around a college that leads to differences in how it is viewed and treated.
In recent years, sexual harassment carried out by teachers and professors has been under greater scrutiny by watch groups. Professors who have been accused of harassment have often taken advantage of the position of power they occupy over students, leaving the student vulnerable. As well, professors spend a considerable amount of time alone with students in their work. Concerns over appearances, as well as grades have led many individuals to not report harassment that occurs on campus.
As well, sexual harassment may occur between students, or students working on campus. The nature of campus social life, filled with the omnipresence of alcohol affords many opportunities for sexual harassment. Like in instances with professors, students are often afraid to report sexual harassment due to social ostracism, and fear of retaliation.
It is crucial to raise awareness of sexual harassment on college campuses across the country. In doing so, many individuals can come forward with their experiences and to seek justice.