A Monash expert is available to discuss their national research findings about workplace sexual harassment. The research contains the responses of 1412 victim-survivors from across Australia, including the views of 100 victim-survivors who had experienced workplace sexual harassment while they were working at an Australian university campus.
Contact: +61 412 339 243 or Kate.Fitzgibbon@monash.edu
Read more of Professor Fitz-Gibbon's work at Monash Lens
Read more of Professor Fitz-Gibbon's research findings in The Conversation
The following is attributable to Professor Kate Fitz-Gibbon:
“Our study findings reveal that incidents of sexual harassment were well known in the victim-survivor’s university, incidents were commonly witnessed by bystanders, and often involved the same perpetrators. The vast majority of survey respondents who formally reported the incident were dissatisfied with their university’s response.
“Universities need to take the lead on this issue. Creating a culture of accountability for perpetrators and processes that support and validate victim-survivors’ experiences of harm is critical.
“We have a National Plan in Australia which includes the laudable target of eliminating gender-based violence in one generation. The ability to tackle gender-based violence that occurs in workplace settings, including universities, should be seen as a key component of that work.”
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