"A 'hostile environment' doesn't mean that every woman on this campus has been harassed," says Brodsky.
We could be randomly detained or harassed in order to make an example of us.
Dozens of female naval personnel were harassed, groped, and assaulted.
1610s, from French harasser "tire out, vex," possibly from Old French harer "set a dog on," and perhaps blended with Old French harier "to harry, draw, drag" [Barnhart]. Originally "to lay waste, devastate," sense of "distress" is from 1650s. Related: Harassed; harassing.