Sexual harassment isn’t just a problem for celebrities. It’s happening in ordinary workplaces everywhere. It affects us too.
Half of women have been sexually harassed at work. Two thirds of LGBT+ people have experienced it too. And what’s really shocking is that 4 out of 5 people don’t feel able to report it to their employer.
This has got to change.
UNISON joins the TUC and more than 30 other organisations in calling on the government to take immediate action on sexual harassment in the workplace.
We asked health staff about sexual harassment in the NHS and – horrifyingly – among widespread accounts of offensive “banter”, indecent exposure and groping, were three reports of rape.
Now we need to understand the extent of the problem wherever it occurs in other ordinary workplaces so we can make employers responsive to, and responsible for, sexual harassment on their watch. No one should feel unable to report it. Please share your story.