Factitious sexual harassment.
Bull. Amer. Acad. Psychiatry & the Law
24(3): 387-92, 1996.
Among those claims that trivialize true sexual harassment is a type that the author has come to
recognize as factitious (i.e., prompted by the lure of victim status). Women who file factitious sexual
harassment cases usually voice their allegations in a very convincing manner and, in the presence
of contradictory findings, present a diagnostic challenge. Forensic clinicians must be able to
recognize factitious sexual harassment in order to bring objectivity to these complex cases.