Official Statistics

Royal Navy and Royal Marines sexual harassment survey

Official Statistics report on the findings from a survey investigating the extent, impact and management of sexual harassment in the Royal Navy and Royal Marines.

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Under the Equality Act (2010), sexual harassment occurs when unwanted conduct of a sexual nature is directed at somebody with the purpose or effect of violating another person’s dignity, or creating an intimidating, hostile, degrading, humiliating or offensive environment for that person.

This research has been undertaken in order to better understand the nature and extent of sexual harassment in the Royal Navy and Royal Marines, the impact this has on personnel and how effectively the Royal Navy and Royal Marines currently prevents and manages sexual harassment.

The information from the survey findings will enable the Royal Navy and Royal Marines to assess what additional action may need to be taken, for example, future policy changes regarding sexual harassment.

Published 5 May 2016