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“28% of women aged 18 to 64 years said they had been sexually harassed at work. The figure for men was 7%.”

Federal Sex Discrimination Commissioner Pru Goward said, “Sexual harassment often begins with verbal abuse, innuendo or unwanted sexual comments. It may go on to involve behaviour such as propositioning, asking for sexual favours, unwanted touching, assault or even rape.”

“The Gallup telephone survey of more than 1000 people aged 18 to 64 found that less than a third of those harassed formally reported the offence, and more than half said they lacked faith in the system. Others said the harassment did not warrant reporting or they had dealt with it themselves. But Ms Goward said she was encouraged by the finding that 87 per cent of people who had witnessed a case of sexual harassment had done something about it, including confronting the harasser.”