Sexual Harassment and Organizational Outcomes
Defense Equal Opportunity Management Inst Patrick AFB FL Patrick AFB
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Sexual harassment continues to be a problem in the United States Military. Indeed, Antecol and Cobb-Clark 2006 have found that 70.9 of active-duty women reported experiencing sexually harassing behavior e.g., crude or offensive behavior 69.2 , unwanted sexual attention 40.8 , or sexual coercion 12.3 . Furthermore, 50 reported hearing jokes about sex, and 25 reported that they were repeatedly asked of dates or touched in a way that made them feel uncomfortable. Clearly, sexual harassment is a topic of concern for military commanders. A great deal of research on sexual harassment has accumulated over the past two decades. That research shows that sexual harassment leads to lower job satisfaction and organizational commitment Gettman and Gelfand, 2007.