One in every seven parliamentary staffers claim to have directly experienced sexual harassment, according to leaked survey results.
The survey of staff working in Parliament or MPs constituency offices, which received hundreds of responses, also found that more than a third have been bullied or harassed, while almost 90% of those who reported bad behaviour were not satisfied with the outcome.
Accusations of sexual abuse or harassment by several MPs have recently come to light, following the reports from a large number of women about the behaviour of Hollywood film executive, Harvey Weinstein.
Conservative Minister Mark Garnier is under investigation from the Cabinet Office, after he admitted asking his former assistant to buy sex toys and referring to her as ‘sugar tits’.
Former Cabinet Minister, Stephen Crabb, is being investigated by the Conservative Party, after he admitted to ‘sexting’ a 19 year-old woman who had applied for a job in his office.
Now, shocking figures from the survey conducted by the Unite Parliamentary Staff Branch, suggest the problem of harassment is far more widespread than was previously thought. With thousands of staff employed directly by MPs, it appears that many are yet to come forward about their own experiences.
Theresa May and Jeremy Corbyn urged those working in Westminster to come forward and report any incidents of harassment or assault last month. However, the finding that 88% of those who reported behaviour were not satisfied with the outcome could prevent more cases coming to light, as MPs aides clearly have little faith in the system.
The news will put further pressure on the cross-party working group led by former Conservative Party Leadership candidate, Andrea Leadsom, currently examining how allegations are dealt with by Parliament.