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Japan survey suggests 96% of sexually harassed media workers are targeted more than once

Kyodo

A total of 102 people working in the media industry said they have experienced sexual harassment, and 96 percent of them responded that they were harassed multiple times, according to a survey conducted by a group consisting of members of the press and victims of sexual violence.

The internet survey, results of which were published Thursday, was conducted from April in the wake of a recently exposed case in which a former top bureaucrat of the Finance Ministry is alleged to have sexually harassed a female reporter. A total of 103 women and four men working for newspaper companies, broadcasters and magazine publishers responded to the survey.

Of those who have experienced harassment, 51 respondents said they have experienced sexual harassment more than 10 times and 47 said they had been targeted more than once and fewer than 10 times.

Asked when they were harassed, 91 respondents said it happened in their 20s, and 29 answered that it took place in their 30s.

Asked who had harassed them, and allowing multiple answers, 74 respondents said they were harassed by people they were meeting for business purposes, including news sources, followed by 44 people who said they had been harassed by their bosses and 35 by colleagues senior to them in the workplace.

Only 37 people said that they had consulted with others after they were harassed. Many answered that the reason they did not tell others was because they did not want to be thought of as “troublesome,” and because they did not expect the matter would be properly addressed if they did so.