Sexual harassment is a common problem on campus and workplaces in any countries. If you have experienced sexual harassment, you are not alone. In 2016, the TUC joined with the Everyday Sexism Project and reported that nearly two-thirds of women aged from 18 to 24 have experienced workplace sexual harassment. Among them, 80% of harassment went unreported for fear of career damage, or of not being believed.
Around 18.3% women and 1.4% men in the United States have been raped in their lives, including completed forced penetration, attempted forced penetration, or alcohol/drug-facilitated completed penetration. It’s worth noting that more than half (51.1%) of female victims of rape reported being raped by an intimate partner and 40.8% victims were raped by an acquaintance. As to male victims, more than half (52.4%) victims reported being raped by an acquaintance and 15.1% victims were raped by a stranger.
Sexual Harassment/Sexual Abuse in Hollywood’s Film Industry
Producer Harvey Weinstein, the founder of Miramax and The Weinstein Company, was accused by more than 87 female victims of having sexually assaulted them. Being a film producer, Harvey Weinstein exploited his influential position to commit criminal sexual acts, including sexual harassment, sexual assault, and rape. In 2017, The New York Times and The New Yorker reported that dozens of women had accused Harvey Weinstein of rape, sexual assault and sexual abuse over a period of at least thirty years. Weinstein denied all the accusations without making any apologies.
It is estimated that 13% of women and 6% of men have experienced sexual coercion in their lifetime and 27.2% of women and 11.7% of men have experienced unwanted sexual contact. It’s a shockingly terrible fact that most female victims of completed rape (79.6%) experienced the first rape before 25 years old and 42.2% of the victims experienced their first completed rape before18 years old. Further, more than one-quarter of male victims of completed rape (27.8%) experienced their first rape when they were 10 years old or even earlier than that.
Definition and Types of Sexual Harassment
Sexual harassment refers to any sexual comments, jokes, behaviours, that make you feel being offended and invaded. Beyond that, sexual harassment refers to any gestures, facial expressions, emails and images that make you feel uncomfortable or uneasy. Any of the aforementioned conduct is prohibited by the Equality Act 2010.
Sexual harassment refers to any hostile conduct of a sexual nature with the purpose of violating your self-esteem or creating an intimidating, degrading, humiliating effect for you. Conducts of sexual harassment include sexualised comments, lewd or crude images such as offensive screensavers, posts or texts.
Common Forms of Sexual Harassment as Follows:
- Physical sexual assault
- Requests for sexual favours
- Quid pro quo sexual harassment
- Employment decisions based on sex or gender
- Conditions dependent on sexual favors
- Verbal sexual harassment
- Pressuring someone to engage in sexual acts
- Indecent exposure at work
- Sending unwanted sexually explicit messages or photos