63% OF WOMEN DID NOT FILE A COMPLAINT, AND 79% OF MEN KEPT ISSUES TO THEMSELVES.
In 2017, BBC surveyed 2,000 respondents and showed that most victims of sexual harassment didn’t report the violation. Either in fear of retaliation or if the harassment was played off as a joke, more than half of all victims stayed silent. Encourage victims to come forward by setting clear definitions about sexual harassment in the workplace through regular training and updating your sexual harassment policy to include concrete steps on reporting harassment.
55% OF VICTIMS EXPERIENCE RETALIATION AFTER SPEAKING UP OR MAKING A CLAIM.
A report released by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) in 2020 showed that 55.8% of the complaints received during 2020 are related to retaliation after reporting a sexual harassment incident. Retaliation discourages victims from reporting and fosters a toxic work culture. It comes in many forms, including a demotion, exclusion from staff activities, or unfavorable reassignment.
68% OF THE LGBTQ POPULATION EXPERIENCE HARASSMENT IN THE WORKPLACE.
A survey by TUC in 2019 showed that 68% of LGBTQ employees have experienced harassment in the workplace, and worse, 12% report that they have been sexually assaulted at work. Unfortunately, prejudice against the LGBTQ community is a factor why two-thirds of the community never report harassment. According to TUC, the misconception and over-sexualization of the LGBTQ identities may be a part of the reason for the harassment.