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Sexual harassment in the workplace and academia is not new. However, more and more data is being presented to shed light on the severity of the problem. Here is a list of sources that provide data on campus climates, intersectionality and harassment, and harassment in STEM.

Association of American Universities

A 2015 report of the Association of American Universities Climate Survey on Assault and Sexual Misconduct at 27 U.S. universities.

Astronomy and Planetary Sciences

Astronomy and Planetary Sciences Survey reveals gender and racial harassment in Astronomy and Planetary Sciences affects women of color at higher rates (Clancy et al. 2017).

Australian Human Rights Commission

The Australian Human Rights Commission 2017 National Report on Sexual Assault and Sexual Harassment at Australian Universities provides statistics and recommendations on how to handle assault and harassment at Australian universities.

LGBT+ Climate in Physics

The LGBT+ Climate in Physics Survey Results provides data representing the experience of LGBTQ+ community members in academia, specifically Physics, as a stepping stone to prioritize creating inclusive work spaces for everyone.

National Academy of Sciences, Engineering and Mathematics (U.S.)

NASEM released their report Sexual Harassment of Women:Climate, Culture, and Consequences in Academic Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine on June 12, 2018. The report is available in print for a fee or as a PDF for download for free. Sexual Harassment of Women explores the influence of sexual harassment in academia on the career advancement of women in the scientific, technical, and medical workforce. This report reviews the research on the extent to which women in the fields of science, engineering, and medicine are victimized by sexual harassment and examines the existing information on the extent to which sexual harassment in academia negatively impacts the recruitment, retention, and advancement of women pursuing scientific, engineering, technical, and medical careers. It also identifies and analyzes the policies, strategies and practices that have been the most successful in preventing and addressing sexual harassment in these settings.

National Union of Students and The 1752 Group (UK)

The first ever national survey in the UK on staff sexual misconduct in higher education was released in April 2018: Power in the Academy: Staff sexual misconduct in UK higher education. The survey asked current and former students whether they have ever experienced or witnessed sexual misconduct from higher education staff and their experience of reporting such behaviours to their institution, as well as consequences of these experiences.

Queer in STEM

The Queer in STEM Survey Webpage provides multiple resources as well as commentary on their survey results. Survey results are also provided in an open access journal as a PDF.

Survey of Academic Field Experiences (SAFE)

Survey of Academic Field Experiences (SAFE) report sheds light onto harassment experienced by scientists participating in field research by reviewing the responses of nearly 700 survey respondents (Clancy et al., 2014).

University of Chicago
The University of Chicago 2016 Climate Survey Results provides data on faculty and staff workplace climate at an R1 institution.

University of Wisconsin-Madison

The UW-Madison Campus Climate Survey Webpage provides more information regarding UW-Madison's involvement in the AAU Campus Climate Survey as well as a Sexual Assault Climate Survey Task Force Report.

Other resources

  • Julie Libarkin, who leads the Geocognition Research Group at Michigan State University, maintains an updated list of hundreds of cases in academia since the mid 1980s: NOT A FLUKE: THAT CASE OF ACADEMIC SEXUAL HARASSMENT, SEXUAL ASSAULT, SEXUAL MISCONDUCT, STALKING, VIOLATIONS OF DATING POLICIES, VIOLATIONS OF CAMPUS PORNOGRAPHY POLICIES, AND SIMILAR VIOLATION IS NOT AN ISOLATED INCIDENT!
  • Crowdsourced repository of stories of sexual harassment in science: #MeTooSTEM

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