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Effects of Sexual Harassment

The effects of sexual harassment vary from person to person and are dependent on the duration and severity of the harassing behavior. Thus, individuals can suffer through a number of psychological effects ranging from irritation and frustration to anxiety, stress, and terror. Individuals may fear retaliation and victim blaming. As we are a small community, there can be concern for coming forward and making a complaint for implications to one’s career and academic pursuits. There can be a tremendous fear of retaliation and backlash, not only institutionally, but also to the community of one’s specific discipline or career path. 

Some of the potential effects a victim may experience:

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