Sexual harassment

About one-third (35%) of Australian adults who have experienced sexual harassment have disability.

Adults with disability, particularly those with severe or profound disability, are more likely to experience sexual harassment than other Australians. About 43% of adults with disability (or 2.5 million), and 50% with severe or profound disability, have experienced sexual harassment, compared with 37% (or 4.7 million) without disability (Figure 1).

Women with disability are more likely than other women or men to experience sexual harassment. An estimated 57% of women with disability have experienced sexual harassment, compared with:

  • 51% of women without disability
  • 28% of men with disability
  • 23% of men without disability.

Adults with psychiatric disability are more likely than adults with other types of disability to experience sexual harassment (62%).

References

ABS (Australian Bureau of Statistics) 2017. Microdata: personal safety, Australia, 2016. ABS cat. no. 4906.0.55.001. Canberra: ABS. AIHW analysis of detailed microdata in DataLab.