The British Journal of Surgery released the study’s findings on Tuesday.
According to the paper, the findings “indicate that both sexual harassment and sexual assault may be commonplace in the UK surgical environment, and that rape happens.”
Through an anonymous survey, the study polled more than 1,400 members of the surgical workforce in the UK.
29.1% of the women who responded to the survey and 6.9% of the males said they had been sexually abused by a coworker in the previous five years.
According to the survey, over the same time period, 63.3% of the female participants and 23.7% of the male participants experienced sexual harassment.
“These findings show that women and men in the surgical workforce are living different realities. For women, being around colleagues is more often going to mean witnessing, and being a target of, sexual misconduct,” the study said.
Alongside instances of rape at work, the study found that survey participants “reported rape by colleagues in other work-related contexts, including teaching spaces, conferences, and after-work events with colleagues,” it reported.
The Royal College of Surgeons of England’s Tamzin Cuming, chair of the Women in Surgery Forum, claimed that this “represents a MeToo moment for surgery.”
“Now the real work has to start to bring about a profound change in the culture of healthcare,” said Cuming in The Times.