There’s a reason why companies have sexual harassment policies, but that doesn’t mean women still aren’t concerned about being taken advantage of in the workplace—and we’re not just talking about an off-color comment or inappropriate shoulder rub. As proof-positive, SABRE (the company behind the number-one selling pepper spray on the market) conducted a national survey of more than 1,000 working women who shared their safety concerns at work. The results may surprise you.
More than half (55 percent) of women working full- and part-time fear the threat of assault, while an astounding 85 percent are concerned about their personal safety in general. “SABRE felt there was a void in terms of research dedicated to the personal safety of women in their working environment,” said Marisa McKay, SABRE’s Personal Safety Academy manager. “As the leader in personal safety—with an emphasis on customer education—we felt that it was important to better understand women and their personal safety habits. We need to know where they felt unsafe and why, in order to make products and tailor our self-defense training classes to empower all women and give them the tools to help keep them safe.”
Among the findings:
Forty-three percent of women have been threatened or assaulted at work, or know a female co-worker who has been.
More than one-third of women feel most at risk of assault from the clients and customers they encounter.
Nearly half (44 percent) of women have avoided staying late at work due to not feeling safe alone in the workplace.
Nearly three-fourths of working women surveyed never carry personal safety tools such as pepper spray to protect themselves at work.
Top at-risk professions include educators, those in medical fields, and those working in the nightlife and service industry.
The survey also revealed trends among ethnicities and age groups that showed different safety concerns and higher risk of threats and assault among these groups.
Forty-five percent of African-American and Latina women surveyed feel at risk some or all of the time at work, versus less than 35 percent for Caucasians.
One-third of African-American women felt their employers did not have steps in place to protect their personal safety, versus one-fourth of Asian women and less than twenty percent (18 percent) of Caucasian women.
More than 65 percent of Asian/Pacific Islander women surveyed have been or had a female coworker assaulted or threatened at work, versus half of African-American women and 41 percent of Latina and Caucasian women.
More than half (53 percent) of women ages 25-34 have been threatened or assaulted at work or know a female co-worker who has, compared to 44 percent of those 18-24 years old and 39 percent of those 35-54 years old.
As the founder of the Personal Safety Academy, SABRE is going beyond pepper spray alone to protect women on the job and during commute times. For more information, visit www.SabreRed.com/Personal-Safety-Work for more data trends, safety tips, online testimonials, and product offerings.