Thursday, March 30, 2017

Sexual Harassment – Rate Hasn't Changed Much Since 1976

A new survey shows that 80% of women have experienced sexual harassment at work — which is only a marginal improvement since 1976, when 90% of women reported receiving unwanted attentions at work.

In 2016, asked readers to take the same survey published in the magazine's January 1976 issue  and 500 online readers responded — the majority of whom are married, in their 20s to early 30s, with office jobs, earning $30,000 to $50,000 a year.

In 1976, 92% of women said sexual harassment was a problem, a majority of them describing it as a serious one; today, that number is up to 99%. The most common behaviors, then and now? Sexual remarks or teasing, with 64% of today's survey respondents reporting experiencing those behaviors from male coworkers, followed by leering and ogling (51%), subtle sexual hints or pressures (43%), and actual touching, brushing against, grabbing, or pinching (34%). 

Much more information is available in the article, including commentary on why we shouldn't be surprised.