What Happens at Conference, Stays At Conference: Exploring the Issues of Sexual Harassment and Sexual Assault and Correlates at Conferences

Dr Veronyka James1 , Stacie Merken2

1Shenandoah University, Winchester, USA,

2Indiana University South Bend

Recently the issue of sexual harassment, sexual assault, and rape culture has acquired a large amount of attention, particularly with the #MeToo and #TimesUp movements.  However, there is little research examining the issue of sexual harassment and its potential correlates while at conferences.  This exploratory research used a survey methodology to determine the scope of sexual harassment and/or sexual assault that occur during academic conferences and the correlates of these.


Veronyka James is an Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice at Shenandoah University. Dr. James earned her Ph.D. in Criminology at Indiana University of Pennsylvania (2010). Her research interests are sexual assault victimization and reporting, gender issues, stigma management, policing (e.g., police misconduct, police-citizen relationships, satisfaction with police), and violent offenders (e.g., serial killers and mass shooters).


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