Over half of women sexually harassed at work, according to survey

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A BBC survey has revealed that half of British women and a fifth of men have been sexually harassed at work.

The ComRes poll for BBC Radio 5 live spoke to over 2,000 people, for the survey, in light of the Harvey Weinstein sexual assault allegations. Of the women who admitted to being harassed, 63 per cent did not report the incident, whilst 79 per cent of male victims kept it to themselves.

Radio 5 live’s survey also found that 37 per cent of men and women polled said they had experienced sexual harassment, ranging from inappropriate comments to physical sexual assault.

Out of those who admitted to harassment, one in ten had been sexually assaulted. More than a quarter of those surveyed had experienced inappropriate jokes or “banter” and nearly one in seven had been the victim of inappropriate or unsolicited touching.

More women than men were targeted by a senior manager, executive or boss – 30 per cent compared with 12 per cent. Only one in ten women who had experienced harassment left their job or place of study because of the incident.

The survey comes after women and men who have been sexually harassed have been using the hashtag “me too” on social media to show the magnitude of the problem.

Activist Tarana Burke, who came up with the original Me Too campaign 10 years ago, before Alyssa Milano put it into motion, spoke to 5 Live about the movement.

She said she feels there is now momentum behind a genuine change in the way sexual harassment is handled.

“From what I’m seeing and hearing, and from the groundswell of support for this, it doesn’t feel like it’s stopping,” she said.

“My ultimate goal is to make sure this is not just a moment, that this is a movement, and we will continue to raise our voices, we will continue to disrupt, we will continue to tell our stories until we are heard and until we move the needle.”

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