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Half of British women and a fifth of men have been sexually harassed at work or a place of study, according to a BBC survey.
The ComRes poll for BBC Radio 5 Live of over 2,000 people found that 53% of women and 20% of men said they had experienced sexual harassment at work or a place of study, ranging from inappropriate comments to sexual assault. Over a quarter mentioned inappropriate jokes or ‘banter’; almost a seventh experienced inappropriate touching and a tenth of women said they had been sexually assaulted.
Many did not report the harassment: 63% of women said they didn’t report it to anyone and 79% of men kept it to themselves.
Women were more likely to complain about sexual harassment by a boss or senior manager – 30% of women said the harassment came from a manager compared with 12% of men. One in 10 women who had experienced harassment left their job or place of study as a result.