Sexual harassment on the internet

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    Sexual harassment offline is a well-known, highly prevalent, extensively investigated, and intensively treated social problem. An accepted model classifies sexual harassment behaviors into the categories of gender harassment, unwanted sexual attention, and sexual coercion. Theory and research show that sexual harassment behavior occurs as a product of person×situation characteristics and has substantial personal and organizational costs. This article reviews the available information on sexual harassment in Cyberspace, equates this phenomenon with what has been learned about sexual harassment offline, points to specific characteristics of online culture and technology that reinforce the behavior, and proposes ways of promoting prevention.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)77-92
    Number of pages16
    JournalSocial Science Computer Review
    Issue number1
    StatePublished - Mar 2005


    • Computer-mediated communication
    • Internet
    • Prevention
    • Sexual harassment

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • General Social Sciences
    • Computer Science Applications
    • Library and Information Sciences
    • Law


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