Expat women facing sexual harassment

27th April 2006, Comments 0 comments

27 April 2006, MADRID — More foreign women are sexually harassed at work than Spaniards, a new survey has found.

27 April 2006

MADRID — More foreign women are sexually harassed at work than Spaniards, a new survey has found.

They are targeted more than Spanish women, according to the report by the Women's Institute.

The report found ten percent of the 2,000 women who were interviewed reported different types of harassment from sexual innuendo to touching.

Another five percent said they had seen harassment in the past year, but not suffered it themselves.

The Spanish daily El Pais reported the survey established three types of harassment.

The first is verbal pressure from dirty jokes which affected nearly 9.5 percent.

The second is more serious verbal abuse, survey writers said.

About 3.6 percent of those questioned said they were asked about their sex lives and even being asked for sex in exchange for favours.

A third category involved physical abuse, involving touching or pinching.

The majority of victims of harassment were aged between 16 and 25, and the biggest target were single women.

Soledad Murillo, secretary general for equality policies, said: "There is a lot of tolerance of minor harassment, which opens the door to more serious abuse."

Around Spain, women in Catalonia reported the highest number cases of abuse at 22.2 percent, followed by Andalusia at 20.4 percent then Galicia at 16.4 percent.

[Copyright EFE with Expatica]

Subject: Spanish news


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