Tuesday, March 22, 2011

66% women unaware of sexual harassment

Women don't report sexual harassment because they simply can't identify such behaviour. This isn't our opinion but the finding of a study conducted by a medical student of D Y Patil Medical College who said that of the 200 medical students she surveyed, more than 66% has sketchy knowledge of sexual harassment. Another important finding was that men also reported harassment at work. The study which was conducted under the guidance of Dr Amitav Banerjee, head of community medicine department at the medical college sought to measure awareness about sexual harassment in the workplace among future professionals.

"The study was conducted over a few months by a third-year student which found men guilty of not realising what behaviour amounts to harassment. Most importantly, respondents only identified physical approach as harassment but didn't think that harassment could be verbal, mental and even non-verbal," said Dr Banerjee.

The survey also showed that most respondents felt that the onus to stop harassment lay on the victim with 51% stating that the victim should report it to stop it. However the biggest shocker is that 49% of surveyed respondents held the woman responsible in some manner for the harassment.

Article found: http://www.mid-day.com/news/2011/mar/220311-sexual-harassment-D-Y-Patil-Medical-College-Pune.htm