Men’s sexual harassment at work is higher than you think

Tuesday, June 7, 2022

More than one in ten complaints of sexual harassment at work are reported by men. 

Sexual harassment in the workplace is widespread, and women suffer the most.

Studies estimate that 25%–85% of them experience some sort of harassment at work.

Although women are usually victims, a significant percentage of men are also victims of sexual harassment.

One in seven women has sought different job opportunities due to harassment at their workplace and one in seventeen men.

Sexual assault in the workplace statistics shows that 7% of women and 4% of men have been sexually assaulted at work.

According to the Nursing Times, only 17% of sexually harassed male nurses actually report it to their employer.

Overall, female nurses are more frequent subjects of sexual harassment.

However sexual harassment statistics by gender tell us that men aren’t spared either.

The fact that 51% of the male respondents in this particular survey said they had been sexually harassed is a concern.

Research shows that, when a man suffers a sexual assault in the workplace, a woman is a perpetrator in 76% of the cases.

Similarly, most women are assaulted by men (94%).

Additionally, it’s worrying and insensitive that such behaviour is seen as a joke when it involves male victims.

Sexual harassment can have a devastating impact on an employee’s wellbeing, but it can only be prevented through initiative-taking action and culture change by employers, according to the British Safety Council’s Safety Management committee.

Back in 2016, a study organized by the LSE Business Review found that most cases (78.4 percent) were female complaints against males.

Perhaps not surprising!

However, women were accused of sexually harassing men in 5 percent of cases and men accused other men in 11 percent of cases.

Men were overwhelmingly responsible for sexual harassment against women in the workplace, but men were also the targets of sexual harassment far more commonly than typically assumed by researchers or the community at large.

The study shines a light on these less typical manifestations, including sexual harassment by men of other men and by women of men or other women.

These forms of sexual harassment are often less visible and may be less understood.

Most complaints in all four groups were lodged against alleged harassers employed in a more senior position.

Male-to-male complaints often included homosexual slurs and the questioning of men’s sexuality.

Men who were gay, perceived to be gay, or who displayed stereotypically feminine qualities were at greater risk of being targeted.

An explanation for male-to-male sexual harassment is related to a power-sex association.