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Typical Victims

Women of all ages are harassed - physically attractive or plain, sexily or soberly dressed. A woman's high rank or status in the organisation, her age or her race, is no insurance or shield: a man may regard her as a special challenge. If she succumbs, he will feel more powerful, or say "after all, she is still just a woman".

Women who are particularly vulnerable include:

  • Women heads-of-household, who need their jobs badly.
  • Divorcées or widows are often psychologically vulnerable because of loneliness and personal loss - and they can't "plead virginity".
  • Women who are timid or insecure about their abilities, and lack self-confidence and career-related education; who have limited potential for advancement and are easy to replace.
  • Women who are eager to be accepted and liked, and may find it difficult to be assertive and say "No". Their friendliness and helpfulness is often misread as an invitation.
  • Saleswomen may be pressured by clients to meet sexual demands in exchange for their business. To make matters worse, their employers may urge them to comply.
The content on this page was last updated on 5 September 2013