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Three out of four women silent about sexual harassment at work
職場性騷擾 女性七成五沒申訴

Staff from the Garden of Hope Foundation act out a skit against sexual harassment and domestic violence at a press conference in Taipei on Sept. 3 last year.

Photo: Liao Chen-hui, Liberty Times

A recent survey has found that the primary victims of sexual harassment include female divorcees and widows, as well as women working in the medical care and service industries. As many as the 75 percent of the women who said they had been sexually harassed did not report the matter. Of these, 44 percent simply dismissed it as a joke, while 23 percent were fearful of losing their job and 18 percent were afraid of becoming the subject of gossip.

The Council of Labor Affairs released the results of the survey, titled “A Survey of Gender Equality in the Workplace,” on Tuesday last week, which was conducted at the end of last year. The results show that when it comes to pay raises, promotions and job allocation, women are more frequently the victims of sexual discrimination than men. Females working in the construction industry (11.4 percent) are the most likely not to receive pay raises because of their gender.

The poll found that 5.2 percent of the women who participated in the survey had been sexually harassed, compared to less than one percent for men. The younger a woman was, the more likely it was that she been sexually harassed — 7.3 percent of women between the ages of 15 and 24. Married women were the least likely to be sexually harassed, while divorcees and widows were more prone to be harassed than single women.

According to the survey, coworkers are the most common harassment offenders, followed by clients and supervisors. The majority of the 25 percent of women who did report sexual harassment, reported it to their departmental supervisor.

(Liberty Times, Translated by Kyle Jeffcoat)



1. widow n.

寡婦 (gua3 fu4)

例: At her husband’s funeral, the veiled widow was seated next to her two children.


2. promotion n.

升遷;晉級 (sheng1 qian1; jin4 ji2)

例: Chris worked for the company for 10 years before finally getting a promotion.


3. supervisor n.

上司;管理人 (shang4 si1; guan2 li3 ren2)

例: Amanda’s supervisor lambasted her for being late to the meeting.






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