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January 24, 2006

Study: Sexual harassment At U.S. colleges.

Man, I went to the wrong college:

WASHINGTON, D.C. (Reuters) -- Nearly two-thirds of U.S. college students are affected by sexual harassment -- ranging from offensive jokes and gestures to touching and grabbing, according to a study released on Tuesday.

Men are more likely to harass than women, but women and men are equally likely to be harassed on U.S. campuses, according to a report by the American Association of University Women.

Researchers found that 62 percent of college students experienced sexual harassment, and 32 percent of college students said they were victims of physical harassment.

"The primary form of harassment that we're seeing is actually non-contact: it tends to be remarks, gestures and jokes," Elena Silva, the report's co-author, said in a telephone interview. "But the fact that one-third of college students are experiencing some form of physical harassment is certainly a concern."

So, the primary form of harassment is. . . flirting? Yeah, I could see how that would be a real hassle.

Obviously, if there's something more serious going on here, there is "room for concern." But who here seriously believes that this study isn't lumping in all sorts of innocuous behavior in order to make the "problem" seem worse than it is?

Besides, merely *asking* a woman to salt her neck and place the shot glass between her lips isn't sexual harassment. Asking her 47 times, however, might cross that line. (Thank God she said yes after only 23 times, whew).

Common types of physical harassment include being touched, grabbed or pinched in a sexual way, or intentionally brushing up against someone in a sexual way, the study found.

I sure wish someone would harass ME right now.

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