An Examination of the Perceptions of Sexual Harassment by Sport Print Media Professionals

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Paul M. Pedersen Indiana University

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Choong Hoon Lim Indiana University

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Barbara Osborne University of North Carolina

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Warren Whisenant University of Miami

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While the impact of sexual harassment in the workplace has been well documented, little sexual harassment research has been conducted focusing on the women who work in the sport industry. This study explored the extent to which female sport print media professionals (i.e., sports editors, sportswriters, sports columnists) were subjected to sexually harassing behaviors in the workplace. Of the women who participated in the study (N = 112), over half of the participants indicated that they had encountered some form of sexual harassment over the 12 months before participating in the study. The perpetrators included their immediate supervisors, coworkers, members of the sport media, athletes, and employees of sport organizations. The study also identified the forms of sexual harassment encountered and attitudes toward harassment in the workplace. Suggestions on how to prevent harassment toward women in the sport industry are discussed.

Pedersen and Lim are with the Dept. of Kinesiology, Indiana University, Bloomington, IN. Osborne is with the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, NC. Whisenant is with the University of Miami, Coral Gables, FL.

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