The first step in reducing the incidence of sexual harassment is to acknowledge the prob­lem. Too many people deny its existence. Because sexual harassers usually have more power, it is difficult for victims to come forward to disclose their victimization. University officials and administrators need to work together to provide educational op­portunities and assistance for all students, staff, and employees. Establishing policies for dealing with these problems is necessary. Workplaces also need to design and implement strong policies against sexual harassment.

Education, especially about the role of women, is imperative. As our society con­tinues to change and as more and more women enter the workforce, we need to prepare men for this adjustment. Throughout history, when women have broken out of their tra­ditional roles, there have always been difficulties. Today, we need research to explore the impact of women on the workforce.

Throughout this chapter we have explored how power can be used in sexual rela­tionships to degrade and oppress. Rape, the sexual abuse of children, incest, intimate partner violence, and sexual harassment are problems in our society today. The first step in reducing these crimes is to acknowledge the problems and not hide them. Education, especially about the role of women, is necessary; without it, these crimes will undoubt­edly continue to escalate.