Jul 26 2008

Sexual propositions, use of sexually explicit language, and uninvited touching in Sports: 1998 Australian research findings

Published by at 12:34 pm under Counseling & Psychotherapy

You may or may not be surprised by the results of research into sexual harassment of athletes in Australia completed in 1998. There is a dramatic difference in the perceptions of male and female athletes.

Here are the findings:

  • Uninvited touching: F 100% considered harassment
    M 22.5% considered part of sport

  • Use of sexually explicit language: F 63.8% considered¬ ¬ harassment while,¬ M 60% considered part of sport

  • Sexual propositions: F 90% considered harassment
    M 92% considered harassment

As the discussion of these findings emphacize, a full 10% of all females and 8% of all males responding believe it is not a problem to receive a sexual proposition.

Also, nearly 2 of every 4 men believe that uninvited touching is also ok and an expected part of being involved in sports.

In sports, the biase of male attitudes regarding sexual harassment is prominent.

But then again, we are not surprized by this in any way.

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