Workplace sex assaults for 1 in 3 trans women

Almost a third of trans women have experienced sexual assault at work, according to a survey by the TUC.

More than one in five of the trans women who responded to the survey said they had been raped or suffered some other serious sexual assault.

That’s almost three times the risk of women in general being seriously sexually assaulted at work.

curious about my breast growth

The TUC (Trades Union Congress) highlight the case of a trans woman who was subjected to “unwanted touching from a manager in charge”, because he had “a curiosity about my breast growth”.

Overall almost 70% of LGBT people say they’ve experienced sexually harassment at work, the TUC says. Its report “sexual harassment of LGBT people in the workplace” is published today.

a hidden problem

The authors say it is a hidden problem, because two thirds of those LGBT people who’ve faced sexual harassment didn’t report it to their employer.

“One in four of those who didn’t report were prevented from raising the issue with their employer by their fear of being ‘outed’ at work”.

Trans women in the workplace

32% report some kind of sexual assault

22% report serious sexual assault or rape

“Government must act urgently to put the responsibility for tackling this problem where it belongs – with employers. We need stronger legislation that places a new legal duty on employers to prevent sexual harassment, with real consequences for those who don’t comply”.
Fifty trans women responded to the TUC’s survey. Not enough trans men took part to make any reliable reports on the level of abuse they face in the workplace.

forms of sexual harassment

The research asked about a range of ways in which people can be sexually harassed at work:

  • unwelcome verbal sexual advances (eg suggestions that sex with an individual from the opposite sex will make you ‘straight’)
  •  unwelcome jokes of a sexual nature (eg jokes about gay men being promiscuous or lesbians needing a man)
  •  unwelcome questions/ comments about your sex life
  • comments of a sexual nature about your sexual orientation
  • comments of a sexual nature about your gender identity
  • hearing colleagues make comments of a sexual nature about a colleague in front of you
  • receiving unwanted emails or social media posts with material of a sexual nature
  • displays of pornographic pictures
  • unwanted touching (eg placing hand on lower back or knee)
  • sexual assault (unwanted touching of breasts, buttocks or genital, or attempts to kiss)
  •  serious sexual assault or rape


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