Bystanders Reactions to Sexual Harassment Academic Article uri icon


  • The purpose of this investigation was to examine bystanders' reactions to observing sexual harassment. Undergraduate students (n=107 and n=122, respectively) in the Southwest U. S. participated in two experiments in which they read about cases of sexual harassment and responded with their preferred punishment for the offenses. Findings from both studies demonstrate the importance of (a) a proactive organizational culture, (b) handing down punishments for sexual harassment that match both the severity of the infraction and the culture of the workplace, and (c) remaining cognizant of the potential differences in the ways women and men respond to observing sexual harassment in the workplace. 2010 Springer Science+Business Media, LLC.

published proceedings

  • Sex Roles

altmetric score

  • 89

author list (cited authors)

  • Benavides-Espinoza, C., & Cunningham, G. B.

citation count

  • 15

complete list of authors

  • Benavides-Espinoza, Claudia||Cunningham, George B

publication date

  • May 2010