What is sexual harassment?
Sexual harassment can be defined as:
- Gender harassment: verbal and nonverbal behaviours that convey hostility, objectification, exclusion, or second-class status about members of one gender;
- Unwanted sexual attention: verbal or physical unwelcome sexual advances, which can include assault; and
- Sexual coercion: when favourable professional or educational treatment is conditioned on sexual activity.
This definition was adapted from the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.
American Association of Medical Colleges (AAMC) Report on Sexual Harassment in U.S. Medical Colleges
In July 2022, the AAMC released the results of a study that found 1 in 2 women and 1 in 5 men in Anesthesiology departments in U.S. medical schools had experienced a form of sexual harassment. Gender harassment was the most common.
Download Understanding and Addressing Sexual Harassment in Academic Medicine
The Association of University Anesthesiologists Survey on Sexual Harassment in the Workplace
To better understand the experiences of FACULTY anesthesiologists across Canada, the Association of University Anesthesiologists (AUA) has designed a survey to find out more about your perceptions toward the incidence, sources, and impact of sexual harassment in the workplace.
*The survey closed on March 10, 2023.