Sexual harassment is a public health issue in Sweden

A major survey by Sweden's Public Health Agency has found that sexual harassment and assault are "common among women", and described the finding as a public health issue.

Catherine Edwards
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Why this story matters:

Nearly half of all Swedish women (42 percent) have been subjected to sexual harassment, according to the survey, compared to just nine percent of men. More than a third (39 percent) of women said they had been sexually assaulted, as well as nine percent of men. And more than one in ten women (11 percent) said they had been the victim of attempted rape.

The figures for harassment and assault were disproportionately high among members of the LGBT community, as well as among people with lower levels of education.

There were also disparities across the demographics when it came to reported sexual satisfaction, with men aged 16-29 and men and women aged 65-84 less likely than those in other age demographics to be satisfied with their sex lives.

Details from the story:

  • The survey was the first in-depth look at Swedes' sexual and reproductive health and rights in two decades
  • 57 percent of women aged 16-29 reported experiencing sexual harassment
  • Positive news from the survey was the fact that the majority of the respondents reported healthy and satisfying sex lives in general

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