More than 400 cabin crew have spoken out to help lift the lid on sexual harassment at work.

The Transport Workers Union believes everyone should be able to come home safe from work, and that includes being safe from sexual harassment and assault. But when former Qantas flight attendant Hannah Rowlands was sexually assaulted on the job by a colleague, the company couldn't even guarantee she wouldn't be working with her alleged attacker.

Hannah Rowlands, centre, launches the Sexual Harassment Survey with TWU National Secretary Michael Kaine and Deputy Opposition Leader Tanya Plibersek

The TWU surveyed over 400 hundred cabin crew like Hannah, and they have spoken out to help lift the lid on the shockingly high rates of sexual harassment in the industry. 65% of cabin crew say they have experienced sexual harassment at work, much higher than the national average of 1 in 3 people, found by the Human Rights Commission sexual harassment survey. Even more shocking is that airlines are not taking the problem seriously – of the just 31% who reported an incident, 84% weren’t satisfied with their company’s response.

The TWU will work with cabin crew who have experienced harassment or assault to find ways to change the culture and make aviation jobs safe and secure for everyone. If you are a cain crew member who has experienced sexual harassment and want to be part of this process, contact
If you have been sexually assaulted, you can get help and support – contact 1800 RESPECT or speak to your TWU branch.

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