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      Breaking the Silence: Sexual Harassment of Mexican Women Farmworkers

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          The purpose of this study was to understand Mexican women farmworkers’ perceptions of workplace sexual harassment, its related factors and consequences, and potential points of intervention. This community-based participatory research study conducted focus groups with 20 women farmworkers in rural Washington. Four coders analyzed and gleaned interpretations from verbatim transcripts. Three main themes were identified. It was learned that women farmworkers: (1) frequently experienced both quid pro quo and hostile work environment forms of sexual harassment; (2) faced employment and health consequences due to the harassment; and (3) felt that both individual-and industry-level changes could prevent the harassment. Based on these findings, the authors identified three sets of risk factors contributing to workplace sexual harassment and recommend using a multilevel approach to prevent future harassment in the agriculture industry.

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          Journal
          9421530
          27360
          J Agromedicine
          J Agromedicine
          Journal of agromedicine
          1059-924X
          1545-0813
          28 April 2018
          2016
          17 May 2018
          : 21
          : 2
          : 154-162
          Affiliations
          [a ]Department of Health Services, School of Public Health, University of Washington, Seattle, Washington, USA
          [b ]School of Medicine, University of Washington, Seattle, Washington, USA
          [c ]Department of Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences, School of Public Health, University of Washington, Seattle, Washington, USA
          [d ]School of Nursing & Health Studies, University of Washington Bothell, Bothell, Washington, USA
          [e ]Northwest Communities Education Center/Radio KDNA, Granger, Washington, USA
          [f ]Department of Pediatrics, School of Medicine, University of Washington, Seattle, Washington, USA
          Author notes
          CONTACT Victoria Breckwich Vásquez, vbreck@ 123456uw.edu School of Nursing & Health Studies, University of Washington Bothell, Bothell, WA 98011, USA
          [*]

          Current affiliation: Department of Medicine, University of California San Francisco, San Francisco, CA, USA

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          PMC5957069 PMC5957069 5957069 hhspa941386
          10.1080/1059924X.2016.1143903
          5957069
          26797165
          a10860ec-6c75-41b8-b69e-2d8144a14ffe
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          women,Community-based participatory research,farmworker,occupational health,sexual harassment

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