Lesson 5. Effects of Sexual Harassment 3m


Being sexually harassed can devastate your psychological health, physical well-being and vocational development. Women who have been harassed often change their jobs, career goals, Job assignment, educational programs or academic majors. In addition, women have reported psychological and physical reactions to being harassed that are similar to the reaction of other forms of stress. They include:

Psychological Reactions

  • Depression, anxiety, shock, denial
  • Anger, fear, frustration, irritability
  • Insecurity, embarrassment, feelings of betrayal
  • Confusion, feelings of being powerless
  • Shame, self-consciousness, low self-esteem
  • Guilt, self-blame, isolation

Physiological Reaction

  • Headaches
  • Lethargy
  • Gastrointestinal distress
  • Dermatological reaction
  • Weight fluctuations
  • Sleep Disturbances, Nightmares
  • Phobias panic reactions
  • Sexual problems

Career- Related Effects

  • Decreased job satisfaction
  • Unfavorable performance evaluations
  • Loss of job or promotion
  • Drop in academic or work performance due to stress
  • Absenteeism
  • Withdrawal from work or school
  • Change in career goal