One in ten women in Latvia has experienced sexual harassment at work

Results of the Survey on Gender-Based Violence in 2021 published on August 24 by the Central Statistical Bureau of Latvia (CSB) show that 11.0 % of women and 5.1 % of men aged 18–74 have experienced sexual harassment at work.

Most often sexual harassment episodes are related to inappropriate staring or leering that makes one feel intimidated, indecent sexual jokes, and unsolicited physical contact, while less often – inappropriate suggestions to go out on a date, which make one feel offended, humiliated, or intimidated.

Sexual harassment at work is more common among women at the time of the survey aged 18–29 – out of 15.5 % of these women, 12.6 % experienced this type of harassment during the last 5 years and 4.9 % during the last 12 months.

Among men, sexual harassment at work mainly is related to inappropriate staring or leering that makes one feel intimidated, indecent sexual jokes, or offensive remarks about one’s body or private life, while less often it is unsolicited physical contact.

Sexual harassment at work is more common among men at the survey moment aged 30–44 (6.7 %), however, during the last 5 years, it was experienced by younger men, namely those aged 18–29 (5.0 %). In total, 3.1 % of men have experienced sexual harassment at work during the last 5 years and 1.7 % during the last 12 months. Majority of men who experienced sexual harassment at work have experienced it more than once.

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Stalking has been experienced by 10.2 % of women and 6.2 % of men. Stalking may be defined as frequently repeated behavior that involves harassing someone, causing fear or concern for that person’s safety. 

The largest share of stalking victims lives in Riga (13.8 % of women and 9.4 % of men), followed by urban areas (9.6 % and 6.1 %, respectively), while the smallest proportion of stalking victims was observed in rural areas.

Both women and men more commonly are victims of male perpetrators. Among women, 7.9 % were stalked by male perpetrators and 2.0 % by female perpetrators. Young women tend to be stalking victims more commonly – 13.7 % of women at the survey moment aged 18–29 were stalked by male and 4.6 % by female perpetrators. Among men, those were 3.5 % stalked by males and 2.2 % by female perpetrators. Young men tend to be stalking victims more commonly as well – 6.1 % of men at the survey moment aged 18–29 were stalked by male and 3.2 % by female perpetrators.

Stalking perpetrators usually are not intimate partners of the victim. In total 2.2 % of women and 0.6 % of men have experienced intimate partner stalking, compared to 8.2 % of women and 5.6 % of men who have experienced non-partner stalking.

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