Almost two in five men think sexual assault victims are responsible "if they are wearing a short skirt late at night"

The report was discussed on Sky News this morning, with many viewers criticising the commentary from presentes

Galway, Child, Adolescent, Sexual Assault Treatment Unit, SATU, Dr Joanne Nelson, closure

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Almost two in five men think victims of sexual assault are personally responsible if they wear short skirts and get drunk late at night.

Research carried out by The Fawcett Society, a charity campaigning for women’s rights and gender equality, found 38% of men surveyed 38% said the blame lay with the victim. More than a third of woman (34%) agreed.

59% of girls and young women aged 13-21 said they have faced some form of sexual harassment at school or college in the past year, while one third of women have experienced sexual assault on campus.

Older women (aged over 65) in particular were more likely to blame her, with 55% of women aged over 65 saying she is totally (5%) or partly (50%) to blame compare to 48% of older men.

"This report sets out what young women told us about the challenges they face and provides new insights into the underlying attitudes which can be found in our society and which may explain why progress on gender equality is so painfully slow", the report reads. "

"But it also suggests that there is cause to be optimistic that young people themselves are eager to bring about the change that is so desperately needed."

The society puts forward several recommendations in the report, including recording misogyny as a hate crime, tackling gendered bullying and sexual harassment in schools and implementing "good quality, age appropriate sex and relationships education" in schools.

Sky News

Sky News Sunrise presenter Stephen Dixon has come under fire on social media for suggesting women needed to take some personal responsibility and compared a woman going out and getting drunk in a short skirt to himself going out and provoking someone".

"Is it a dreadful thing to say that if women are out in short skirts and drunk that they don’t need to take any personal responsibility?” Dixon said.

"Let me ask you a question if you’re walking down the street and you get pushed in the face are you responsible for having left your house? Women are free citizens in our society and they’re allowed to be out and they are allowed to drink,” responded a guest on the discussion.

A Sky spokesperson told The Independent UK that Mr Dixon was "playing devil's advocate" as a presenter.