We were referring to it as 'sexual intimidation,' 'sexual coercion,' 'sexual exploitation on the job.' None of those names seemed quite right.
We wanted something that embraced a whole range of subtle and un-subtle persistent behaviors.
'Anger, annoyance and embarrassment were the most common emotional responses, with 45% of women feeling anger, 41% annoyance and 36% embarrassment.
Furthermore, close to one in three women (29 %) who has experienced sexual harassment says that she felt fearful as a result of the most serious incident, while one in five (20%) victims say that the most serious incident made her feel ashamed of what had taken place.
Often, but not always, the perpetrator is in a position of power or authority over the victim (due to differences in age, or social, political, educational or employment relationships) or expecting to receive such power or authority in form of promotion.
Forms of harassment relationships include: With the advent of the Internet, social interactions, including sexual harassment, increasingly occur online, for example in video games.
MIT at the time also recognized the injuries caused by racial harassment and the harassment of women of color, which may be both racial and sexual.