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Sexual harassment is sometimes dismissed as being 'banter' or just a joke. In fact it can have serious consequences. It can cause stress and have a negative impact on mental and physical health. Sexual harassment may drive those experiencing it to leave their job altogether.
A 2014 study Violence Against Women by the European Union Fundamental Rights Agency found that one in three women who has experienced sexual harassment felt fearful as a result, while one in five felt ashamed of what had taken place. Subsequently, feelings of vulnerability were experienced by 20% of women, anxiety by 14% and loss of self-confidence by 13%.