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)1203-19
Number of pages17
JournalViolence Against Women
Issue number10
StatePublished - Oct 2014

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  • Adolescent
  • Crime Victims/statistics & numerical data
  • Cross-Sectional Studies
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Peer Group
  • Sex Offenses/statistics & numerical data
  • Sexual Harassment/statistics & numerical data
  • Students/statistics & numerical data
  • Surveys and Questionnaires


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