LONDON — Researchers have found that a liking for casual sex may land you in trouble as it can increase your risk of being sexually harassed.
The study, published in the journal Evolution and Human Behavior, also whowed that people who have been sexually harassed are more strongly inclined to have casual sex than others.
The results might give the impression that it is the victim’s fault for being harassed, however, the researchers said their findings were not intended to blame the victim.
“Absolutely not! We’re trying to understand the psychological mechanisms that underlie harassment,” said Mons Bendixen, Associate Professor at Norwegian University of Science and Technology in Trondheim, Norway.
The study included 1,326 heterosexual girls and boys with an average age of nearly 18 years. The psychologists only looked at non-physical forms of sexual harassment.
Sixty per cent of the girls and boys in the survey reported that they had been sexually harassed in the last year. And around 30 per cent of the girls and 45 per cent of the boys admitted that they had sexually harassed someone one or more times.
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