Men are more likely to victim-blame women who are sexually harassed because they are more empathetic to other men, research suggests. The researchers, from the universities of Exeter, Bath and Queensland, say the findings highlight a dark side to empathy. Less straightforward cases may lead to increased empathy with the male perpetrator and greater levels of blame towards female victims, the researchers have warned. The findings come after the MeToo movement prompted women across the world to share their share their experiences of sexual harassment and its negative effects on their lives. The academics wrote: They added that men may believe that the male perpetrator did not mean to cause harm, that what occurred was based on a misunderstanding, or that the allegations are false accounts.
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Defying assumptions about sexual harassment in the workplace, a record percentage of men reported being harassed by male colleagues in , according to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. Sexual harassment cases filed by men made up Although the statistics don't reveal whether the alleged harassers of men also are male, they typically are -- it's rare for a man to file charges against a female coworker or supervisor, says EEOC spokesman David Grinberg. It's also unlikely that interactions in the workplace between men have become more hostile over the past 15 years. What's changed, though, is recognition by the legal system of male-on-male harassment, via a landmark Supreme Court ruling. The high court found in Oncale v. More males realize they don't have to take it -- they can file suit.
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Blaming sexual harassment victims has been linked to empathy for the male perpetrators according to Yet frequently victims are blamed, and new research has targeted who is more likely to blame sexual harassment victims and why. In the new research, published in the journal Psychology of Women Quarterly , two studies found that blaming sexual harassment victims is linked to empathy for male perpetrators. That's right, men, in particular, are more likely to feel for the male harassers and blame the victim. In the the narrative, a female student described serious and repeated incidences of clear-cut sexual harassment.
So when Agrawal, a self-described feminist who claimed she created an open and safe working environment, was accused of sexually harassing her predominately female staff, people were shocked. Here was a company touted as a trailblazing feminist organization with a former CEO accused of female-to-female sexual harassment. How could that be?