Brief Report

Perceived Sexual Harassment Among Female Students at a Zimbabwean Institution of Higher Learning

Published in: Journal of Psychology in Africa
Volume 22, issue 2, 2012 , pages: 269–272
DOI: 10.1080/14330237.2012.10820529
Author(s): Thelma DhlomoGreat Zimbabwe University, Zimbabwe, Rose M. MugweniGreat Zimbabwe University, Zimbabwe, Gwen ShoniwaGreat Zimbabwe University, Zimbabwe, Levison MaunganidzeMidlands State University, Zimbabwe, Tholene SodiUniversity of Limpopo, South Africa

Abstract

This study analysed perceived sexual harassment experiences and responses among 136 female students (aged 19 to 40) randomly drawn from an institution of higher learning in Zimbabwe. A Sexual Harassment Questionnaire (SEQ) was administered to the participants. Data were summarized using descriptive statistics. Thirty-one percent (42) of the students acknowledged having been sexually harassed. About 69% (94) of the students appeared not to recognize sexually harassment that may have occurred to them. Only a minority of the students (7%) reported the harassment. Sexual harassment policies may help mitigate the experience of sexual experience by college students in Zimbabwe.

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