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).

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Women with disability are more likely to experience sexual harassment than women without disability or men with or without disability. 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 psychological disability are more likely than adults with other types of disability to experience sexual harassment (62% compared with 43% of adults with all types of disability).

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.

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Figure 1

Bar chart showing prevalence of sexual harassment for adults with and without disability. The reader can select to display the chart by disability status. The chart shows adults with severe or profound disability are more likely (33%) to experience unwanted touching, grabbing, kissing or fondling than adults without disability (20%). Back to figure 1