More men are sexually harassed online

Hong KongA survey conducted by Hong Kong’s equality watchdog found that 18% of men said they had experienced sexual harassment on the Internet, compared with 17% of women.

Dr Rizwan Ullah, representative of the Equal Opportunity Commission in Hong Kong (EOC), said that just because things have been normalized or become the norm does not mean it is correct.

“I can become a victim of sexual harassment when men send me a nude photo or some too revealing pictures,” he said.

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According to Hong Kong’s Sex Discrimination Ordinance (SDO), sexual harassment includes all acts that offend, humiliate or threaten. According to the ordinance, it is illegal to discriminate against a person based on sex, marital status, pregnancy or breastfeeding. Serious cases such as assault and rape are criminally handled.

According to the executive director of the EOC, Dr. Ferrick Chu Chung-man, asking colleagues on a date even if they are rejected, making them feel offended, is also sexual harassment.

A survey conducted from March to June 2021, found that a quarter of young women aged 18-34 experienced online harassment.

Nearly 90% of respondents have experienced at least four forms of harassment at work or online. The most common forms of online sexual harassment are sending sexually explicit photos, videos, or texting.

The results show that women are at a much higher risk of sexual harassment in the workplace than men. More than two thirds of perpetrators and men. Women are responsible for more than a quarter of the cases.

A large percentage of men are sexually harassed by their colleagues at work. While women are often harassed by higher-ranking and more powerful people in the workplace, including customers. This condition is more common in the food service, accommodation, real estate and business industries.

Interns and seasonal workers are also more likely to experience sexual harassment in the workplace.

However, the report said, only 14% of workplace victims reported harassment to the police, the Equal Opportunity Commission or the company supervisor. Only 11.9% of recent incidents were interfered with or prevented by a third party.

“Companies and organizations have more of a responsibility to prevent than to fix the problem,” Dr. Ullah said. He also urged silent victims of harassment or those who are unsure whether or not they have been harassed to contact the EOC’s sexual harassment hotline.

This unit received 302 complaints in 2021, of which, 60.6% related to sexual harassment. There are 80.9% of people experiencing sexual harassment at work.

Linda Wong Sau-yung, executive director of RainLily, an NGO for victims of sexual violence, said they receive many requests from men asking for legal help or to have the images removed. intimacy is shared without consent.

“After undertaking this study, the EOC identifies the number of male victims and facilitates further actions to support them, beyond just raising public awareness,” said Linda.

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