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Dutch academia told to tackle harassment

Academic leaders give far too little support to victims of harassment at universities, according to a study commissioned by the Dutch Network of Women Professors.

Inadequate responses to incidents and self-silencing among victims are two important factors that facilitate harassment in Dutch academia, according to an explorative study by Marijke Naezer, Marieke van den Brink and Yvonne Benschop of Radboud University in Nijmegen. They conducted 20 in-depth interviews and collected 33 written testimonials from female academics about their experiences of harassment.

“The research participants’ stories depict a grim image of an academic world whose inhabitants are competitors rather than colleagues, participating in a relentless rat-race to the academic top,” the report states.

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