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Victims of Sexual Harassment Face Double Victimization

by Janice Wood, Associate News Editor
Publication: PsychCentral

November 7, 2012


When confronted with sexual harassment, most people don’t stand up for themselves to the extent they believe they will, according to a new study, which shows that because people use false predictions as a benchmark, they often condemn others who are victims of sexual harassment.

For the study, “Double Victimization in the Workplace: Why Observers Condemn Passive Victims of Sexual Harassment,” Ann Tenbrunsel, a professor of business ethics at the University of Notre Dame and her colleagues conducted five experiments that explored observers’ condemnation of passive victims of sexual harassment.

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