Poll on workplace abuse triggers alarm

Poll on workplace abuse triggers alarm

Almost one-quarter of respondents claim to have witnessed sexual abuse.

Poll on workplace abuse triggers alarm
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Following a recent study in which one-quarter of office employees had observed some form of sexual harassment at their places of work, activists are pressing for fairness, respect for human dignity, and healthy workplaces to stop sexual abuse and harassment.

The ThaiHealth Promotion Foundation and its supporters have expressed a distinct position against any action that may lead to sexual abuse in the office, said Pongthep Wongwatcharapaiboon, the charity’s producer.

It is time to build a new standard free of sexual abuse in the country, he added.

From May 9 through May 16, the base and Nida Poll polled 2, 000 employees in state firms, businesses, and private businesses. According to the survey, 6.3 % of respondents said they had been sexually harassed, and 23.5 % of them said they had witnessed sexual harassment at work.

About 50 % said they had been harassed vocally, and 86.2 % said they were subject to lusty eyes. Roughly 3 % said their inc- workers had tried to get intimate with them romantically, against their desires.

Asked about real abuse, 70.8 % of respondents said they experienced touching on the body, arms, shoulders or back, and 66.7 % said they had felt biologically threatened when a i- worker had come too close and touched a part of their body. Another 4.2 % said they were forced to love people in their work, and 4.2 % said they were forced to have intercourse with a partner or better.

Among those who experienced sexual harassment, 62.5 % said they received sexually suggestive text messages, 25 % received video clips of a sexual nature, and 12.5 % received photos such as those of people’s private parts.

The poll found the chief culprit to be colleagues ( 81.75 % ), followed by superiors or bosses ( 16.7 % ), clients ( 8.7 % ), subordinates ( 5.6 % ) and business owners or executives ( 3.2 % ).

When asked what steps should businesses or businesses take to address the issue, 33.5 % of respondents said they would like to see the perpetrators punished, 30.4 % wanted to implement preventative measures, and 25.8 % wanted a direct channel to complain to the company’s board.

Asked what action they took after experiencing sexual abuse, 38.1 % said they had done nothing, 33.3 % said they complained to the harasser directly, 3.2 % said they asked for assistance from people nearby, and less than 3 % filed a complaint to the authorities.

According to Mr. Pongthep,” Physical abuse can occur anywhere, so we have been seeking assistance from all partners in a show of power against all forms of physical abuse.”