Four of 10 U.S. women say they've been sexually harassed at work, a national survey shows, and a Deseret News/KSL-TV poll conducted last year shows about the same percentage of Utah women say they've been sexually harassed at work within the past 10 years.
In a just-completed New York Times-CBS News poll, 38 percent of female respondents answered yes when asked whether they had been the "object of sexual advances, propositions or unwanted sexual discussions" from men who supervised them or could affect their position at work. Only 4 percent said they reported the incident.About 50 percent of men interviewed in the national poll said they have said or done something that could be considered sexual harassment by a female colleague.
In a Utah poll conducted by Dan Jones & Associates in April 1990, 35 percent of women who work outside the home and who have supervisors said they had been sexually harassed at work within the past 10 years. Jones found that 64 percent said they had not been harassed; 1 percent didn't know.
Jones found that 25 percent of the women had been forced to listen to "dirty jokes" or sexual innuendoes they found offensive, 22 percent said male colleagues made unflattering remarks about their clothes or appearance, 12 percent said they'd been pressured to date or have off-work contact with male co-workers and 9 percent said they'd been touched or fondled in an offensive way.
A third of all Utah working women said sexual harassment in the workplace happens often and isn't taken seriously by bosses, Jones found. However, 31 percent said sexual harrassment can be a problem in the workplace but is often exaggerated.
Sixteen percent of working Utah women said sexual harassment rarely happens, while 11 percent said it is a very serious problem that should be dealt with immediately.
Would you say you've been sexually harassed at your workplace within the past 10 years?
1% didn't know
Source: Deseret News/KSL Poll