Sexual Harassment Victimization and Perpetration Among High School Students

Emily R. Clear, Ann L. Coker, Patricia G. Cook-Craig, Heather M. Bush, Lisandra S. Garcia, Corrine M. Williams, Alysha M. Lewis, Bonnie S. Fisher

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This large, population-based study is one of the few to examine prevalence rates of sexual harassment occurring during the past 12 months by victimization and perpetration among adolescents. In this large, cross-sectional survey of students attending 26 high schools, sexual harassment was defined using three questions from the Sexual Experiences Questionnaire. Among 18,090 students completing the survey, 30% disclosed sexual harassment victimization (37% of females, 21% of males) and 8.5% reported perpetration (5% of females, 12% of males). Sexual harassment perpetration was highly correlated with male sex, minority race/ethnicity, same-sex attraction, bullying, alcohol binge drinking, and intraparental partner violence.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1203-1219
Number of pages17
JournalViolence Against Women
Issue number10
StatePublished - Oct 11 2014

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
The author(s) disclosed receipt of the following financial support for the research, authorship, and/or publication of this article: Research was supported by the Centers for Control and Disease Prevention Cooperative Agreement 5U01CE001675.

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  • adolescents
  • high school
  • perpetration
  • sexual harassment
  • victimization

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Gender Studies
  • Sociology and Political Science
  • Law


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