Immunity to Sexual Harassment?

Michigan State University has released a new study which indicates that sexual harassment might have become so commonplace that women have built up an immunity to it. The study, published in the Journal for Psychological and Personality Science, surveyed more than 6,000 women in all five branches of the US Military.

The study was intended to explore how men and women view harassment and whether they viewed it as burdensome, frightening and how it impacted their psychological well-being. Surprisingly, the study revealed that that men are much more likely to report sexual harassment, reporting it either when it was bothersome or frightening, but women were less likely to report the harassment, reporting it only when it was frightening. Researchers caution, however, that these results do not suggest in any way that sexual harassment is less distressing for women than men.

The Harman Firm, LLP is dedicated to eradicating sexual harassment in the workplace.