The purpose of this investigation was to examine the impact of harasser gender, participant gender, severity of harassment, and the presence of bystanders on perceptions of penalty appropriateness for peer sexual harassment in an academic context. Undergraduate students (most of whom were White and middle class) were provided with a description of a potential sexual harassment interaction between 2 university students and were asked to indicate how the harasser should be penalized. Participants were more likely to punish severe behavior and male harassers. No effects were found for participant gender or the presence of bystanders. Possible explanations for the findings are presented.
Sex Roles – Springer Journals
Published: Oct 13, 2004
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