A new study has revealed that more than half of women in the UK have been sexually harassed in the workplace. Worse still, the majority of fearful women admit to not reporting it.
The news comes following the results of the Everyday Sexism Project, a comprehensive survey carried out by the Trades Union Congress (TUC) – which was recently discussed on BBC Radio 4’s Today show.
52 per cent of women told TUC that they had experienced some form of sexual harassment in the workplace – a figure which rose to 63 per cent when survey respondents were narrowed down to girls between the ages of 16 and 24.
‘Groping’, ‘inappropriate jokes’ and ‘sexual advances’ ranked highly among the main issues highlighted by the report.
Almost one fifth of women said that they had been sexually harassed by either an employer, manager, of figure of authority at work.
A further one in eight added that they had been subject to ‘unwanted sexual touching’ or ‘attempts to be kissed’ – and four in five women claimed that they had not reported such incidents to managers or Human Resources (HR), due to ‘fear’ of harming their in-work relationships, or not being taken seriously.
79 per cent of women who claimed to be victims of sexual harassment said that they did not tell their employer.
Speaking to BBC Radio 4, Frances O’Grady, of TUC, said that it was “scandalous” that so many UK women felt that their employers were incapable of dealing with such issues appropriately.