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Vulnerable in the Field: Sexual Assault Is Common Among Scientists

Sexual misconduct at universities has emerged front and center in national news. Most of this discussion about the epidemic has centered around undergraduates on campus. But a study published in July indicates that sexual misconduct happens at the same rates—about one in five people—to scientists working in the field, oftentimes when they’re conducting research away from their home institution. They rarely know where or how to report these cases. Most disturbingly, in the majority of incidents involving women, the perpetrators were the victims’ superiors and supervisors.