"Academia — like Hollywood, the media and Congress — is facing its own #MeToo movement over allegations of sexual misconduct," the AP's Maria Danilova reports:
- One estimate is "[t]hat the number of reported complaints has risen by about 10 percent since the accusations against Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein surfaced in early October..."
- "The increase is mostly from women complaining of harassment by faculty members who are their superiors."
- "[A]ctivists suggest various possible remedies: spelling out what interaction is appropriate between faculty and students; more transparency in reporting and investigating complaints; more women in senior leadership positions in academia; and making a student's career less dependent on just one professor."
Why it matters: "Activists say young women pursuing graduate studies are especially vulnerable to sexual misconduct because they depend heavily on their academic adviser to complete their degrees, pursue research in their field of study and get recommendations for future jobs. Reporting misconduct could endanger an academic career."
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