MEN admit to feeling sexually harassed 3 times more than women
Study reveals 1 in 6 men admit to having reported incidences in which nothing was done.
Sexual Harassment is defined as unlawful discrimination under the Equality Act 2010 as unwanted behaviour of a sexual nature which:
- Violates your dignity
- Makes you feel intimidated, degraded or humiliated
- Creates a hostile or offensive environment
The problem with enforcement will always be that that the argument is subjective.
Over a third of people would not class jokes of a sexual nature to be harassment while nearly half would consider jokes of a sexual nature to not fit the criteria.
To uncover the nation’s views on this sensitive topic Atomik Research surveyed 2000 UK adults to expose the extent of the sexual harassment problem.
1 in 10 Brits admitted to being sexually harassed on a daily basis, with 1 in 5 admitted they have been sexually harassed in the workplace.
While many would assume that a victim of sexual harassment is more likely to be female, the survey suggests otherwise. In terms of frequency, MEN admitted they felt sexually harassed up to 3x more than women, however, they were significantly less likely to report it.
It is, of course, possible this could be the result of revenge attitude in light of recent “gender bashing” leading men to claim they are also victims.
Of those who had been sexually harassed, 1 in 3 said they did not report the situation as they did not want to seem overly sensitive whilst a further third play along with the behavior to avoid awkwardness.
Alarmingly, 1 in 10 of those who DID report the incident found nothing was done about it with the same ratio even reporting it had negative implications for them as the victim.
Despite education and awareness of the issue stats show that Baby Boomers and Generation Z share disturbingly similar views on the subject despite virtually 50 YEARS between them.
A significant proportion of both generations stated that behavior such as catcalling, wolf whistling, making comments about someone’s appearance and making jokes of a sexual nature were considered “normal” in British culture.
Regionally, London and the North East are highlighted as the rifest for sexual harassment whereas the West Midlands and Yorkshire were considered the least predatory.
When asked about individual circumstances, those questioned said the following of their sexual harassment:
“I froze and was extremely shocked”
“It was considered the norm so there was no point in reporting”
“I got fired whilst my boss kept his job”
“The behavior was noted by others who informed management without my knowledge”
“I was only 14 and did not tell anyone”
Although these accounts emphasize the severity of the matter, just under 2/3 of respondents stated sexual harassment as an issue which has been blown out of proportion by the recent widespread media coverage.
Despite this, over a third of women said they would feel more empowered to report an incident post recent revelations.
BY FRANCESCA WHEELER