Sexual Harassment

Rami Benbenishty and Ron Avi Astor

in School Violence in Context

Published in print March 2005 | ISBN: 9780195157802
Published online January 2009 | e-ISBN: 9780199864393 | DOI:
 Sexual Harassment

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This chapter situates sexual victimization within the context of school violence. The factor structure of sexual victimization is explored, victim/perpetrator patterns are examined, and comparisons of prevalence are made across multiple groups. Key findings and implications include the following: (1) student experience a wide array of sexual victimization behaviors; (2) victimization from sexual harassment behaves differently then other forms of school victimization; (3) sexual victimization patterns fit into two distinct categories that vary on both the intent to humiliate, and also the intent for sexual contact; (4) victim/perpetrator patterns fall along expected patterns related to the two types of sexual harassment; and (5) there are multiple interactions between gender and culture with different types of sexual harassment: firstly with intent to humiliate (boys are victimized far more often than girls and Orthodox religious Jewish students and secular Jewish students have similar patterns to Arab students) and secondly with intent for sexual contact (Arab and orthodox religious Jews pattern are similar, with boys being more victimized than girls and secular Jewish students deviate from this pattern and girls report slightly more victimization than boys).

Keywords: victim; perpetrator; gender; age; culture; Jewish; Arab; factor structure

Chapter.  5380 words.  Illustrated.

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