Many studies have confirmed the prevalence of sexual harassment and its negative impact on victims, as well as the role of sexual orientation in the experience of sexual harassment and the negative impact of sexual harassment on people of different sexual orientations. Researchers are paying more attention to issues such as the differences in the negative impact on victims who have different sexual orientations. However, empirical research in this field by Chinese academic circles is still limited, particularly research focusing on the relationship between college students’ sexual orientation and campus sexual harassment. An empirical study based on survey data from 1,438 students at 6 Beijing colleges finds that, first, the frequency of sexual harassment and the proportion of coping measures used by non-heterosexual individuals are significantly higher than those of heterosexual individuals. Second, non-heterosexual sexual orientation has a significant positive impact on the frequency of sexual harassment; furthermore, sexual orientation has strong explanatory power on the frequency of sexual harassment. This study discusses the findings and forecasts future research.
Li Zheng, Tsinghua University, China
Ran Zhang, Peking University, China