Women deal with unwanted sexual advances all the time. An estimated 65 percent of women have experienced some form of street harassment, and a recent report revealed that a majority of teen girls believed sexual assault to be par for the course. To address the issue,groups like Hollaback have taken steps to prevent harassment through education and even legislation. Others have more traditional problem-solving strategies, like telling women just to deal with it.
According to a new study published in the journal Sex Roles, some women are better equipped than others to do exactly that: Shrug off sexual harassment and move on with their lives. Other women, however, might be less resilient, and can internalize guilt for unwanted sexual advances. In other words, sexual objectification of women can cause major psychological problems, leading some females to believe they are to blame for their own harassments or assaults.