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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.
Sexual harassment at work is completely unacceptable and cannot be tolerated, but it is still prevalent in UK workplaces to a shocking degree. In 2016, the TUC joined forces with the Everyday Sexism Project to produce a report - Still just a bit of banter? Among its findings, more than half of women - and nearly two-thirds of women aged 18-24 reported experiencing workplace sexual harassment. 80% of incidents went unreported, for reasons such as fear of career damage, of not being believed, or of not being taken seriously.