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Over 70% Australians face sexual harassment: Study

IANS  |  Canberra 

Nearly 71 per cent of Australians have been victims of at some point in their lives, a report published on Wednesday by the said.

One in every three have experienced it at work in the last five years, news quoted the study as saying.

indicated in the report that is generally perpetrated by a man and "in many cases it is ongoing over an extended period".

The main forms of cited in the study are sexual jokes and comments, inappropriate physical contact and

At least 23 per cent of women have been victims of an attempt or an act of or in their lives, the report said, adding that 89 per cent of women have also suffered other types of harassment.

The study also reveals that more than 85 per cent of women and 56 per cent of men under the age of 15 say they have been sexually harassed at least once.

The rate of sexual harassment is higher among people between 18 and 29 years old while indigenous Australians are the most vulnerable to these crimes, according to the research.

The data adds that 83 per cent of homosexuals and 90 per cent of bisexuals have been victims of sexual harassment compared to 70 per cent of heterosexuals, while 68 per cent of disabled people have been sexually harassed at some points in their lives.

The research indicates that 64 per cent of sexual harassment cases in the workplace are carried out by a single perpetrator who most often is a at the same level as the victim.

Jenkins stressed that the workplace harassment rate is "particularly high in the information, media and telecommunications industries".

About 19 per cent of the workers who made a formal complaint on sexual harassment in the workplace were labelled troublemakers, another 18 per cent were isolated or ignored and 17 per cent quit their jobs, while the perpetrator experienced no consequences in 19 per cent of the cases.

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First Published: Wed, September 12 2018. 10:04 IST
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