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More information about sexual harassment and misconduct

People who experience sexual harassment and misconduct come from all backgrounds regardless of class, race, ethnicity, ability, gender identity, or spiritual, religious, or faith based identities, and it impacts all of us, whether we have experienced harm directly or someone we know has.

While we know that anyone can experience sexual harassment and misconduct, we also know that different identities experience higher rates of sexual harassment and misconduct for example:

  • More than 3 in 4 women and 1 in 3 men experienced verbal sexual harassment;
  • 1 in 2 women and 1 in 6 men were sexually touched in an unwelcome way;
  • Around 4 in 10 women and 1 in 4 men experienced cyber sexual harassment;
  • More than 1 in 3 women and 1 in 10 men were physically followed;
  • Close to 1 in 3 women and 1 in 10 men faced unwanted genital flashing; and
  • More than 1 in 4 women and 1 in 14 men experienced sexual assault.

The Facts Behind the #metoo Movement: A national Study on Sexual Harassment and Assault; Stop Street Harassment, February 2018

  • 46.4% lesbians, 74.9% bisexual women and 43.3% heterosexual women reported sexual violence other than rape during their lifetimes;
  • 40.2% gay men, 47.4% bisexual men and 20.8% heterosexual men reported sexual violence other than rape during their lifetimes.

The National Intimate Partner and Sexual Violence Survey (NISVS): 2010 Findings on Victimization by Sexual Orientation

  • Among developmentally disabled adults, up to 83% of females and 32% of males are victims of sexual violence.

Connecticut Alliance to End Sexual Violence

  • 21% of transgender college students report having been sexually assaulted, compared to 18% of non-transgender females, and 4% of non-transgender males. 

David Cantor, Bonnie Fisher, Susan Chibnall, Reanna Townsend, et. al. Association of American Universities (AAU), Report on the AAU Campus Climate Survey on Sexual Assault and Sexual Misconduct (September 21, 2015)

  • Indigenous peoples are twice as likely to experience a rape/sexual assault compared to all races.

Department of Justice, Office of Justice Programs, Bureau of Justice Statistics, American Indians and Crime, 1992-2002 (2004)

We also know that some groups, like straight-male-identified individuals historically underreport sexual harassment and misconduct in part due to cultural and societal norms and expectations. 

Regardless of your identities, if you have experienced sexual harassment or misconduct, PCC is here to help, and we are committed to providing gender and culturally-responsive services. The Office of Equity and Inclusion, and the resources outlined here will never rely on gender or cultural stereotypes when providing services. 


At PCC, Sexual Harassment and Misconduct are umbrella terms which include:

  • Sexual Harassment
  • Sexual Assault (Rape)
  • Interpersonal violence
  • Dating violence
  • Stalking

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