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Washington: Research Informs New Training Video to Prevent Sexual Harassment of Agricultural Workers

Female farmworkers experience workplace sexual harassment at rates that are two to three times higher than in other sectors, according to recent studies.

Since 2012, researchers in the Pacific Northwest Agricultural Safety and Health Center (PNASH) have worked alongside farmworkers and other members of Washington state’s agricultural community to surface and study the stories of workers who have been sexually harassed. PNASH is part of the Department of Environmental & Occupational Health Sciences at the University of Washington School of Public Health.

Now researchers have teamed up with farmworkers, growers and others to launch a new training curriculum called “¡Basta! Preventing Sexual Harassment in Agriculture,” centered around a video released this week. Basta means “Enough” or “Stop” in Spanish.

Dr. Victoria Breckwich Vásquez, a co-principal investigator of the PNASH project, is an affiliate assistant professor of environmental and occupational health at the UW School of Public Health. Ms. Dennise Drury, an MPH student and PNASH outreach and education specialist, will lead an evaluation of the new training materials as they are rolled out.

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