But there were still enough responses to get a wide cross-section of white-collar occupations and academic fields. Have you ever been sexually harassed or assaulted at work? Have you ever been sexually harassed or assaulted outside of work? Have you ever made unwanted sexual advances to someone at work that you think they interpreted as sexual harassment or assault? Have you ever made unwanted sexual advances to someone outside of work that you think they interpreted as sexual harassment or assault?Respondents were given a “prefer not to answer” option in case the questions made them upset; in order to make people entirely comfortable using the option, they were asked to select it automatically if the last digit of the time was a “1”.Data were analyzed about female victims, male victims, and male perpetrators.Although some women admitted to perpetration, the sample size across fields was too small to be useful.The percent of people who report sexual harassment varies wildly from survey to survey – thus studies finding that anywhere from 12 percent to 48 percent to 60 percent to 85 percent of women have been harassed at work.If a survey shows that 60% of female nurses get sexually harassed at work, does that mean nurses are victimized particularly often (because more than 12%) or are unusually safe (because less than 85%)?In one class, Sam forgot an an assignment, and the teacher gave him two weeks of detention. He desperately wanted to tell people what was happening, but because of his declining grades and withdrawn behavior, there were few welcoming sources of support.He was raised in a very small town, the type where the school principal is also an elected official, and one of his parents was employed by the school district. When Sam walked into a school counselor’s office, ready to disclose, he was turned away by an employee who assumed he was there to talk about college applications.
Recent discussion of sexual harassment at work has focused on a few high-profile industries.
Second is the Project XX Survey, where the automotive industry decided to survey their workers using methodology previously used in Silicon Valley, which made their results at least somewhat comparable.
The advertising and market research industries seem to have joined in later.
The industries that rank lowest in EEOC’s data tend to be small industries with very few women – for example, taken seriously the Wa Po’s graph shows that mining has the least problem with sexual harassment of any industry in the world.
Is this thanks to their uniquely progressive culture – or because there are practically no female miners? The takeaway that most real researchers take from the EEOC claims is that the lowest-paying and most mundane occupations – retail, restaurant work, hotel work, etc – have much higher sexual harassment rates than the prestigious occupations people generally talk about. But trying to get anything more fine-grained than that out of EEOC is basically hopeless.