Current understandings of sex-based harassment and stalking perpetration

Page, Thomas E. and Scott, Adrian J.. 2021. Current understandings of sex-based harassment and stalking perpetration. In: Jennifer M. Brown and Miranda A. H. Horvath, eds. Cambridge Handbook of Forensic Psychology (2nd ed.). Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, pp. 167-194. ISBN 9781108848916 [Book Section]

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Sex-based harassment and stalking are highly prevalent forms of interpersonal aggression that often result in an array of detrimental and severe impacts for victims. In this chapter, we examine some of the common challenges associated with defining and legislating against sex-based harassment and stalking, as well as considering existing classifications of behaviour and perpetrator motivations. In doing so, our aim is to highlight the complex nature of these forms of interpersonal aggression and the difficulties associated with ascertaining boundaries between ‘reasonable’ and ‘unreasonable’ behaviour. We proceed to discuss the importance of appropriately targeted evidence-based educational campaigns to increase public awareness and understanding regarding the reality of sex-based harassment and stalking. Our conclusion is that increased education will enable greater recognition of the diverse behaviours that constitute sex-based harassment and stalking, so that people are better able to identify both their own and others’ victimisation experiences.

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This material has been published in revised form in The Cambridge Handbook of Forensic Psychology (2nd edition) edited by Jennifer M. Brown and Miranda A. H. Horvath []. This version is free to view and download for private research and study only. Not for re-distribution or re-use.


Sex-based Harassment, Stalking, Perpetration, Behaviour, Motivations

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Psychology > Forensic Psychology Unit


15 October 2020Accepted
2 December 2021Published

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20 Oct 2020 10:39

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16 Sep 2022 09:27


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