Building A Better Fieldwork Future

Creating Inclusive Field Climates to Prevent Sexual Harassment and Assault


How frequent is sexual harassment in field settings?

64% of field participants reported experiencing sexual harassment, 22% report assault while in the field (Clancy et al., 2014).

Why do scientific field settings have high rates of sexual harassment and assault compared to other environments/ career fields?

Sexual harassment in fieldwork settings is a special issue, due to the often remote location, blurry boundaries, and hierarchical nature — all of which can amplify the damaging effects of sexual harassment and assault.

Why Prevention?

“Organizational climate is the single most important factor in determining whether sexual harassment is likely to happen in a work setting.”
National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine (2018) 

Field Safety Manuals and Trainings

Peer-reviewed papers and reports

In the media

Harassment and Assault Resources

  • Title IX Hotline: 1-888-TITLE-06 (1-888-848-5306)
  • National Sexual Assault Hotline [RAINN]: Call 1-800-656-4673
  • National Center for Victims of Crime: (202) 467-8700
  • Resource for men who experience harassment or assault:
  • UC CARE offices for confidential support:
  • Monarch Services in Santa Cruz County and 24-Hour Crisis Line: 1-888-900-4232

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