South West charity SARSAS has launched a survey to understand employer support and training needs in addressing sexual harassment and violence against women in the workplace.
Every day, people across the UK are sexually harassed at work. TUC research reveals that 50 per cent of women workers, 70 per cent of LGBT workers and 70 per cent of disabled women workers have experienced sexual harassment at work.Somerset and Avon Rape and Sexual Abuse Support (SARSAS) has launched a survey to understand employer support and training needs in addressing sexual harassment and violence against women in the workplace.
According to the research 80 per cent of victims don’t feel able to report the abuse to their employer.
Claire Bloor, CEO at SARSAS, said, “We know workplaces and education settings are spaces where sexual harassment and abuse occurs, but our work with schools, universities, health services and employers also tells us that these can be places where people feel safe.
“Managers, teachers and health professionals are often the first people to hear when someone has experienced sexual harassment or abuse. If staff have the right training and support, this can make all the difference when it comes to dealing with the issue at an early stage before the abuse escalates.”
SARSAS works in partnership with schools, universities, colleges and employers across the South West to support them in tackling sexual harassment, abuse and violence.
If you are a manager, SARSAS would like your views.
You can access the survey here: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/GR7ZQN9
The survey is anonymous and takes about 10 minutes to complete. At the end of the survey, you’ll have the chance to enter the survey prize draw where you can win shopping vouchers worth up to £100.
The survey closes on Thursday 28th October 2021.