A few days ago, the Equal Opportunities Commission published a research report on the status of workplace and online sexual harassment in Hong Kong. The report is the first representative territory-wide survey on sexual harassment conducted by the EOC and covers a number of important issues, including public perceptions of sexual harassment, details of public experiences of sexual harassment in the workplace and online, and bystanders reaction, etc. The research report is over 100 pages long, and there are many important findings worthy of further discussion.
We are also concerned about whether the EOC will follow up on the victims' experience and results in seeking help. Victims stop being dumb and come forward to report offenders? Regarding the prevalence of workplace sexual harassment in photo retouching Hong Kong, the EOC report pointed out that 11.8% of the respondents had been sexually harassed at work in the past two years, that is, one out of every eight respondents was a victim of workplace sexual harassment . For respondents who have experienced workplace sexual harassment, the report further explores the response strategies of these victims.
Among the 463 victims of workplace sexual harassment, nearly 80% of the respondents indicated that they had taken some actions to deal with sexual harassment incidents or to fight back against offenders. On the surface, the responses of the victims were quite positive. However, when looking closely at the response strategies adopted by victims, the study found that the most frequently taken action was “avoid the harasser” (60.9%), followed by “rebuke or ask the harasser to stop the harassing behavior” (49.5%). %), while only about half (14.7%) of the respondents had ever made a "formal report" (e.g. to the police, the EOC, or their superiors).