International Journal of Humanities and Social Science

ISSN 2220-8488 (Print), 2221-0989 (Online) 10.30845/ijhss

Looking the Other Way: Sexual Harassment on Campus
Araceli Mingo, Hortensia Moreno

This article presents an analysis of two experiences of gender violence perpetrated in recent years by male teaching staff against female students at the National Autonomous University of Mexico. Unlike the silence that victims habitually keep in the face of this kind of behavior, both cases were reported not only within the institution but also in the media. The students publicly denounced these cases because the university failed to duly address the complaints that they initially filed through university channels. Thus, these women used the recourse of making their testimonies public in order to be listened to and to place pressure on the institution to punish their aggressors. Our analysis of these two cases demonstrates the behavior of different institutional actors in the face of these situations, seeking to avoid recognition of a problem that, despite its frequency and the harm it causes to women, has been conveniently ignored within the institution.

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