A 2017 ABC News-Washington Post poll showed that sexual harassment, especially in the workplace, is a full-blown epidemic.
"It found that more than half of all American women—54%—have experienced “unwanted and inappropriate sexual advances” at some point in their lives. Thirty percent of women have endured such behavior from male colleagues and 25% identified men with sway over their careers as the culprits.
The poll found that, all told, 33 million U.S. women have been sexually harassed—and 14 million sexually abused—in work-related episodes.
Yet nearly all women—95%—report that male perpetrators of such abuse usually go unpunished.
The poll did provide some promising results: 75% of American call workplace sexual harassment a problem, while 64%deem it a “serious” problem—that’s an increase of 11 and 17 percentage points, respectively, since the last similar poll in 2011. But despite wider awareness about sexual harassment in the workplace, it remains prevalent—to an alarming degree." Fortune.com
Women in highly visible and high-paying industries are victims of sexual harassment, but nearly two in five womenin fast food are sexually harassed, according to one Hart Research report. Nearly 42 percent react passively, because what else can you do when you need a job for survival?
These female employees accept the harassment since they can’t afford to lose what work they have, and only 8 percent of those surveyed quit their jobs because of harassment. Some worked around the issue: 10 percent cut down their work hours, and 15 percent changed their entire schedule to avoid the harasser.
Immigrants are also at high risk for sexual harassment in the workplace, with 17 percent of immigrant mothers experiencing sexual harassment while at work.
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1 in 3 women are survivors of sexual violence.
1 in 6 men are survivors of sexual violence.
Every 98 seconds, an American is sexually assaulted.
60% of survivors know the person who assaulted them.
2 out of 3 sexual assaults go unreported to the police.
Young women are especially vulnerable.
79.6% of female rape victims were under age 25 when they were first raped.
42.2% of female rape victims were under age 18 when they were first raped.
The National Intimate Partner and Sexual Violence Survey (NISVS): 2010-2012 State Report. Atlanta, GA. National Center for Injury Prevention and Control, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Department of Justice, Office of Justice Programs, Bureau of Justice Statistics, National Crime Victimization Survey, 2010-2014 (2015).
National Institute of Justice. “Victims and Perpetrators.” (2010). www.nij.gov.
i. Department of Justice, Office of Justice Programs, Bureau of Justice Statistics, National Crime Victimization Survey, 2010-2014 (2015); ii. Federal Bureau of Investigation, National Incident-Based Reporting System, 2012-2014 (2015); iii. Federal Bureau of Investigation, National Incident-Based Reporting System, 2012-2014 (2015); iv. Department of Justice, Office of Justice Programs, Bureau of Justice Statistics, Felony Defendants in Large Urban Counties, 2009 (2013).
* Nearly 1 in 5 or almost 23 million women in the United States have been raped in their lifetime.
* Of those surveyed, 43.9% of all women experienced some form of sexual violence during their lifetime, including being made to penetrate, sexual coercion, unwanted sexual contact, and noncontact unwanted sexual experiences.
* An estimated 64.1% of multiracial women, 55.0 % of American Indian or Alaska Native women, 46.9% of white non-Hispanic women, 38.2% of black non-Hispanic women, 35.6% of Hispanic women, and 31.9% of Asian or Pacific Islander women experienced at least one act of other sexual violence in their lifetime.
* 99% of female victims of sexual violence other than rape, reported their perpetrators were male.
* More than three-quarters of female victims of rape (78.7%) were first raped before they were 25 years old and 40.4% were raped before the age of 18.
* Of the women who reported rape before the age of 18, 35% also experienced rape as an adult.
* Only 27% of rape and sexual assaults were reported to law enforcement between 2010 and 2012.
* The majority of sexual assault and rape is committed by someone that the victim knows, with 46.7% of female rape victims reported having been raped by an acquaintance, 45.4% of female rape victims reporting that at least one perpetrator was a current or former intimate partner, 12.9% reported having been raped by a stranger, 12.1% reported having been raped by a family member, and 2.6% having been raped by a person of authority.
* 51% of all violent crimes occur during the day between 6:00 am and 6:00 pm
* About 25% of these crimes occur at or near the victims home
* Of these about 50% take place within one mile from their home and 75% within 5 miles
* Over 1 million women are stalked annually
* Domestic violence and sexual assault severely impact not only victims, but the entire community. In addition to the devastating damage suffered by victims and their families, these crimes also have huge financial costs.
* A 2009 study found that the costs associated with murder are staggeringly high: the average victim costs exceed $6.5 million, with more than $426,000 in justice system costs.
* In the U.S., rape is the most costly crime to its victims, totaling over $127 billion a year, which includes medical costs, lost earnings and productivity, pain, suffering and lost quality of life.
* Domestic violence has been estimated to cost employers in the U.S. up to $13 billion each year.
* Between one-quarter and one-half of domestic violence victims report that they lost a job, at least in part, due to domestic violence.
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