How Sexual Harassment at Workplace can Affect Health for Decades

The #MeToo and #NoMore movements across the world have raised public awareness of the sexual harassment women face at the workplace and show women’s determination to fight it. Still, many continue to experience such assaults and refuse to report them.

A September poll of over 4,000 people in the 18-30 age group, conducted by charity Young Women’s Trust that supports women in England and Wales who are on little or no pay, found that 15 per cent had experienced sexual harassment at work but did not report it for the fear of losing their job.

Health Concerns

Many say that time heals all wounds. But that’s not true. The impact of workplace sexual harassment or sexual assault can result in lingering health problems years after the experience, a new study published in the JAMA Internal Medicine journal says.

The study, “Association of Sexual Harassment and Sexual Assault With Midlife Women’s Mental and Physical Health”, set out to answer the following question: Do women with a history of sexual harassment or sexual assault have higher blood pressure, greater depression and anxiety, and poorer sleep than women without this history. Read more

Pooja Singh – Entrepreneur – 11 October 2018