Sexual Violence

Lesson 1: Topic 6 of 9

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There is a gender difference when it comes to workplace violence. The National Safety Council (NSC) says that violence is the fourth leading cause of death on the job. The top three, in case you’re curious, are attributed to transportation accidents, slip/trips/falls, and equipment injuries, in that order. Male employees comprise well over 75 percent of fatalities due to violence at work.

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Female employees, on the other hand, while less than a quarter of homicide casualties, make up more than two-thirds of the victims of non-fatal attacks that happen on the job. A special category of non-fatal attacks is sexual assault. 

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), the Federal agency tasked with monitoring this, estimates are that an average of 50 workers are sexually assaulted every single day in America. Men are victims of sexual assault, too, but are less likely to be; EEOC data indicate that men comprise roughly 15 percent of claimants are male. According to journalist Bernice Yeung, immigrants, women, and low wage earners are at highest risk for sexual assault while on the job.