Sexual Coercion and Harassment of Students with Disabilities in a Public University in Ghana

Fred Yao GBAGBO, Gifty Nana Yaa ROCKSON, Frank QUANSAH, Edward Kwabena AMEYAW

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There is limited literature on sexual coercion/harassment of university students with disabilities, hence we, explored this phenomenon in Ghana, using a sequential explanatory-mixed method design that involved 119 (62 males and 57 females) students with various disabilities in the quantitative study and 12 (7 females and 5 males) students in the qualitative phase using questionnaire and interview guide for data collection respectively. We found that participants were not aware of the university’s sexual coercion/harassment policy nor involved in its formulation/dissemination. Persistently asking for sexual relationships, pressurized for outings, attempted/forced kissing, being sexually looked at, engaging in uncomfortable sexual conversations, and sexually provocative touch were common. The main perpetrators of these acts included physically able people (24.4%), colleagues with disabilities (14.3%), and Lecturers/Administrative staff (10.9%). We recommend policies and programs’ strengthening to protect students with disabilities from such unwarranted acts.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)798-815
Number of pages18
JournalJournal of Sex and Marital Therapy
Issue number7
Early online date18 May 2023
Publication statusPublished - 18 May 2023

Bibliographical note

We are sincerely grateful to all institutions, individuals and the participants for the various roles they played in doing this paper.

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  • Disabilities
  • coercion
  • Ghana
  • harassment
  • sex
  • students
  • university


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