The Development of Sexual Harassment Policies in the American Academy of Religion

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  • 1 Shay Moral Injury Center, Alexandria, VA, USA
  • | 2 Chicago Theological Seminary, Chicago, IL, USA

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The #MeToo hashtag is a welcome contemporary addition to the long struggle to end sexual harassment against women. An American Academy of Religion (AAR) iteration of this struggle began at the first meeting of the Committee on the Status of Women in the Profession (SWP) in 1990. One of the issues the members considered was to create a sexual harassment policy for the AAR; it was the discussion of the sexual harassment policy at that first meeting that first unfolded the deep layers of harm that women of the academy had endured over the years.

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