Reasons for not reporting sexual harassment Singapore 2019

According to a survey on sexual harassment conducted in Singapore in 2019, 42 percent of respondents who have experienced sexual harassment stated that they did not report it due to embarrassment. The second most popular reason was a fear of repercussion.

In Singapore, the term “sexual harassment” does not yet have a legal definition. However, the Protection from Harassment Act (“POHA”) 2014 provides various criminal sanctions, civil and self-help remedies to better protect people from harassment and related anti-social behavior. Unfortunately, applying for an order under POHA is complicated and costly. Applicants would need a lawyer to assist in the preparation and submission of documents and subsequent proceedings, which can be expensive.

Reasons for not reporting sexual harassment experience in Singapore as of June 2019

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Release date

July 2019



Survey time period

June 2019

Number of respondents

1,045 respondents

Method of interview

Online omnibus survey

Supplementary notes

The question asked in the survey was as follows: "Which, if any, of the following are reasons why you did not share with anyone about your sexual harassment experience? Please select all that apply."

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