Sexual harassment of women in athletics vs academia

Karin Volkwein-caplan, Frauke Schnell, Shannon Devlin, Michele Mitchell, Jennifer Sutera

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    Sexual harassment at institutions of higher learning is not a new phenomenon but discussions of this problem in the sporting arena are still scarce. Many studies have focused on student-teacher relationships, few investigations have researched athlete-coach relationships, and hardly any have conducted comparative analyses. This study compares the perceptions and the experiences of sexual harassment of athletes and students. It is not a surprise that most harassing behaviors are extended from men towards women. Thus, this investigation analyses and compares female student/male teacher interactions with female athlete/male coach relations. The findings indicate that sexual harassment is slightly more prevalent in academia than in athletics. However, in order to guarantee a safe learning environment for all participants in both domains, it is necessary to formulate clear guidelines, to set up educational workshops and to implement intervention programs.

    Original languageEnglish (US)
    Pages (from-to)69-82
    Number of pages14
    JournalJournal of Sexual Aggression
    Issue number2
    StatePublished - Jul 2002


    • Academics
    • Education
    • Gender
    • Guidelines
    • Harassment
    • Sexual harassment
    • Sport
    • Women

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Behavioral Neuroscience


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