Researches at the University of Tennessee have released a provocative new study, published in the Journal of Social and Personal Relationships, which suggests that men who blame females for being targets of sexual harassment are likely to be sexual harassers themselves. Their study was focused not so much on why sexual harassment happens but why people are willing to excuse it.
The researchers conclusions were drawn from a study which sampled 119 college men, from ages 18 to 23, which asked them to react to a hypothetical situation. While some of the males sampled related to the victims, others related to the harassers. Those who related to the harassers were more likely to blame the victims for the sexual harassment.