Gender based violence, detailed data, 2020

Young adults most often victims of sexual harassment at work and stalking

Women aged 18–29 years are the most vulnerable in terms of exposure to sexual harassment at work and stalking. The former has been experienced by one in two women and the latter by one in four. In this age group, one in five men has already experienced both sexual harassment at work and stalking.

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Sexual harassment at work more common for people at the beginning of their careers

Almost a third of ever-working women (31.7%) experienced sexual harassment at work. The share was the highest among women aged 18–29 years who are personal service workers (waiters, cooks, hairdressers, etc.) or perform occupations in finance, accounting and commerce. Sexual harassment at work was experienced by one in two women aged 18–29 years and they were the most often sexually harassed by men who were not part of their work environment (e.g. clients).

Sexual harassment at work is also experienced by men. Almost a fifth (19.5%) of ever-working men had such experience. The share is the highest among men aged 30–44 years who are protective service workers (firefighters, police officers, prison guards, etc.). Sexual harassment at work was experienced by one in four (25.5%) men aged 30–44 years and the perpetrators were mostly men who were part of their work environment (e.g. colleagues, superiors).

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Women also cause sexual harassment at work. Their victims are more often men (5.9%) than women (4.8%). Whether or not someone experienced sexual harassment at work has a large impact on their perception about the frequency: 88.5% of persons who had never experiences sexual harassment at work thought that it did not exist, while among victims the share was much lower, i.e. 53.7%.

Victims of stalking usually under 30 years old

Since 15 years of age, 18% of women and 10% of men had experienced at least one form of stalking. The most common victims are 18–29 years old, i.e. about a fifth (22.1%). The share of victims of stalking is falling with age, so that in the age group 65–74 years one in ten (9.7%) persons experienced one of the forms of stalking.

Irrespective of the sex of the perpetrator, stalking is experienced the most often by women aged 18–29 years: 22.7% of women in this age group were stalked by men and 8.2% by women. The same is true of men; stalking is experienced the most often by men aged 18–29 years, i.e. 18.7% of cases.

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Verbal or physical violence by parents the most common form of childhood violence

Almost a third of people (30.4%) experienced in their childhood verbal or physical violence by their parents. Such violence was experienced by about the same share of women (30.8%) and men (29.9%). As regards experience with sexual violence, the gender ratio is different, since sexual violence in childhood was experienced by almost four times as many women (6.5%) as men (1.7%). Individuals causing sexual violence in childhood can be parents as well as other persons (relatives, acquaintances, strangers).

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