Interpersonal Violence Victimization and Sexual Harassment: A Prospective Study of Revictimization

Interpersonal Violence Victimization and Sexual Harassment: A Prospective Study of Revictimization This study examined associations between past interpersonal victimization (including both child and adult victimization) and sexual harassment (SH); and it examined intervening and moderating variables of the association of past victimization with SH, including posttraumatic stress symptoms (PTSS) and job-gender context. In addition, we examined an alternative hypothesis for revictimization that abuse survivors are hyper-sensitive to perceptions of sexual harassment. Employed women residing in Kentucky (U.S.) who had received an order of protection from a male partner and who were followed-up 12 months later (n = 445, 78 % White, mean age = 31.98, SD = 8.60) were selected for this analysis. SH experienced between baseline and follow-up interviews was associated with baseline assessments of child nonsexual assault experiences (r = 0.24, p < 0.001) and intimate partner violence victimization (r = 0.20, p < 0.000), demonstrating a revictimization effect. PTSS mediated the relationship between child sexual assault, child nonsexual assault and subsequent SH. Further, working in a job with a male supervisor or in a male-dominated workgroup increased associations between child nonsexual abuse and subsequent SH. No support was found for the hyper-sensitivity hypothesis. Findings are consistent with prior research that identifies sexual harassment as a form of interpersonal violence that mental health and victim service providers and researchers should include in their assessment and treatment strategies. Employers should also understand that working in male-dominated work environments compound the risk of sexual harassment for those with prior abuse histories and should be vigilant to reducing these risks. Sex Roles Springer Journals

Interpersonal Violence Victimization and Sexual Harassment: A Prospective Study of Revictimization

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Psychology; Gender Studies; Sociology, general; Medicine/Public Health, general
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