Dear colleagues and friends of the Gender Institute,
I was at the National Press Club with many ANU staff and students last Wednesday when Kate Jenkins, the Sex Discrimination Commissioner launched the Australian Human Rights Commission report Everyone’s Business: Fourth national survey on sexual harassment in Australia’s workplaces.
As you may know from the media, the report found that in the last twelve months 23% of women and 16% of men had experienced sexual harassment at work (in the last five years it was 39% of women and 26% of men). Those experiencing sexual harassment were more likely to be young – 45% of those between 18 and 29 and 20% for those between 15 and 17. Sexual harassment was most concentrated for employees in the information, media and telecommunications industry (81% in the last five years). As was the case for the AHRC Change the Course Report released last year reporting on sexual violence in Australian universities reporting of sexual harassment was low with fewer than one in five people (only 17% making a formal report or complaint about workplace sexual harassment). And about one in five who did so report were labelled a troublemaker, ostracised, victimised or ignored by colleagues or resigned.
Margaret Jolly, Gender Institute Convenor
Read Sex Discrimination Commissioner Kate Jenkins' foreword here.