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Sexual Harassment Is More Common Than You Think, But Most Cases Aren't Reported

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At least 1 in 3 women in the United States experience some form of sexual harassment. 

Six million or more Texans experience some kind of sexual assault in their lifetime, according to 2015 data, but the vast majority of victims do not report to law enforcement. 

Scandals in politics and Hollywood have exposed stories of sexual harassment from both men and women, highlighting the prevalence of unwanted attention or physical contact in the everyday environment. 

For the workplace, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) describes sexual harassment as a form of sex discrimination when an employee's submission or rejection of advances affects his or her employment status or the work environment. 

The majority of sexual harassment claims are filed by women, but there has been a significant increase in the number of claims filed by men in the workplace. 

On college campuses across the nation, students do not reportincidents of stalking, sexual harassment or assault out of fear. Lack of institutional response to student experiences has led to more public discussion around rape culture and how society perceives inappropriate sexual behavior. 

When should law enforcement get involved and where does the process for filing a complaint with authorities start?

How can survivors move forward after an unwanted or traumatic experience and what local resources are available?


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Jan Ross Piedad Sakian is TPR’s News Operations Producer. In this role, she develops strategy on collaborative and digital initiatives for the station. Since 2016, Jan Ross has served in a coordinating capacity for TPR’s state and national partners, including The Texas Newsroom.