This article discusses the interactions between a history of childhood complex trauma and responses to various levels of sexual harassment. Because sexual harassment occurs on a continuum, its effects can vary depending on the target’s own history of prior sexual trauma or abuse of power. Forensic evaluators who lack a trauma-informed perspective are likely to mistake or misconstrue the responses of persons with a complex trauma history to what might be construed as a low-level episode of sexual harassment.
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Brown, L.S. (2020). Complex trauma and the question of reasonableness in sexual harassment cases. Psychological Injury and Law, 13, 155-166