The sexual assault of women at work in Washington State, 1980 to 1989

B. H. Alexander, G. M. Franklin, M. E. Wolf

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Sexual assault in the workplace and the related factors have not been well studied. Workers' compensation claims data were used to describe work- related sexual assaults in Washington State between 1980 and 1989. Sixty- three cases of work-related rape were identified during this study period. The occupations of the rape victims were similar to occupations identified as high risk for other intentional injuries, and the rape incidents were characterized by isolation from the public and from coworkers. Estimates of industry-specific rates are presented. The identification, evaluation, and prevention of sexual assault and other workplace violence are discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)640-642
Number of pages3
JournalAmerican journal of public health
Issue number4
StatePublished - 1994

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