An investigation into the prevalence of sexual assault in the manufacturing and industrial sectors found that a majority of assaults occur in the industry, with the bulk of victims of violence coming from other groups.
Researchers at the University of Western Australia conducted an extensive analysis of data from the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) and the Bureau of Crime Statistics and Research (BCSPR) to examine how many assaults were perpetrated against a person, and whether or not the person had a reason to report the incident.
A significant majority of those who reported an assault were women and, as the research found, the vast majority of women reported being assaulted in their workplace.
The study, titled The 5 Industries Where Women and Minorities Are Most at Risk of Assault, was published by The Conversation on Monday.
The authors found that while manufacturing is a significant source of violence in the industrial sector, it was less likely for women to report sexual assault than other industries.
They also found that of the 6,500 assaults committed by women in the past 12 months, only 0.9% of them were reported to the police.
This means that of those women who reported sexual assault to the authorities, only 1 in 7 were investigated by the police, the study found.
For the most part, the rate of violence against women in manufacturing and the other industrial sectors was lower than in other industries, but it was still more than double that of other occupations.
“Manufacturing is a particularly dangerous industry in Australia, with almost 40 per cent of all reported assaults occurring in the workplace,” the study authors wrote.
“This is because manufacturing requires an intimate relationship to operate effectively.
Women and people of colour are more likely to be sexually assaulted in this industry.”‘
We need to make this a cultural issue’The study was based on data from ABS and BCSPR, the two data collection agencies that collect and report on workplace safety issues.
“The ABS has a history of being the data collector for the industries, which means that they have a strong data base for the industry,” said Dr Amy Johnson, the lead researcher from the University’s Department of Industrial Relations and the ABS’ senior data scientist.
“In the workplace, there’s a very strong correlation between workplace safety and a strong workplace culture.”
The study examined data from nearly 1.5 million incidents involving sexual assaults, robberies and serious assaults reported to police in Australia from 2008 to 2017.
According to the ABS, women reported sexual assaults at an almost equal rate to men.
However, the report found that the rates of sexual violence were lower for women in different industries.
The researchers identified the industries most at-risk of violence as the mining, manufacturing and transport sectors.
While the researchers also looked at workplace safety, the researchers did not focus on workplace conditions, which may have contributed to the lower rate of reporting in the industries.
“We need more data about what it is like for people in the labour force and people in these industries to work in these settings,” Dr Johnson said.
“It’s about how we are setting up these workplaces, and it’s about the culture.”
The study also highlighted the fact that some industries were more vulnerable to workplace violence than others.
“There are more than 30 industries where the rate is less than 0.5 per cent, for example, mining and oil and gas, but there are other industries where it’s around 0.8 to 1.0 per cent,” Dr Martin said.
The research was based upon data collected between 2008 and 2017.
The report was released at the Australian Federal Police’s national conference in Sydney on Monday night, with delegates from the industries also attending.
Topics:crime,law-crime-and-justice,sexual-offences,health,women,social-policy,women-in-finance,australiaFirst posted January 17, 2018 12:27:16Contact Rebecca MabeyMore stories from Australia