We’ve all heard of the popular yoga memes.
Some of us have even seen them in action.
But do you know what else is circulating online?
A popular video of a woman holding up a yoga pose, with a young man doing the same pose.
The video has been shared nearly 5 million times on Facebook and has received thousands of likes.
But the meme isn’t the only thing circulating online.
There’s also a man in a yoga mat doing yoga poses in front of a large screen.
And a woman on a yoga ball doing yoga in front the same screen.
In a new survey, the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare found that nearly half of all women have experienced some form of sexual harassment in their lives, and one in three women have faced physical violence.
While the majority of women reported being assaulted or physically threatened by someone they know, there were also women who had experienced unwanted sexual touching or being touched inappropriately by an acquaintance or family member.
The report found that the majority experienced sexual harassment when they were under 18 and were in a relationship, when they wore a bikini or were at a dance party.
“In addition, most women were affected by inappropriate comments and comments made about them by a partner or significant other, when being intimate or in public,” the study found.
“Sexual harassment and physical violence against women is a serious issue that can negatively impact women’s wellbeing, self-esteem and confidence.”
Women in particular face more issues than men.
One in four women reported experiencing physical or sexual violence at some point in their life.
And one in five women reported receiving unwanted sexual attention from someone they knew.
The prevalence of sexual violence against girls and women has risen in recent years, with the latest figures showing that one in four girls and young women experience some form, and over half of those experiences are sexual.
But it’s not just women who are being affected.
It’s men too, who are suffering the consequences of sexual assault.
“The findings of the study showed that the most prevalent gender-related problem in Australia is sexual harassment,” said Dr Julie Smith from the Australian Centre for Policy Research.
“One in four men and one out of five women experience sexual harassment.”
She said it’s time for the government to take a leadership role in addressing the issue.
“A good first step is to acknowledge that this is a problem that we all have a part in, and to do more to ensure that women and girls are able to feel safe and secure and not have to worry about being assaulted in their own homes,” Dr Smith said.
“This report is a reminder that it’s men who have been most adversely affected, but also it’s a reminder of the importance of making changes, especially to the workplace, in our communities.”
A survey of 1,000 women and young people across the country by the Australian Women’s Institute found that 80 per cent of young women were sexually harassed at some stage in their lifetime.
“We want to make sure that women don’t have to go through what we’ve gone through,” said the Australian Government’s Chief Scientific Officer, Dr Amy Kroll.
“Women need to be able to go out and enjoy life and we want to give them the space and the support to do that.”
So what can we do to support the women and women-led movement to combat sexual harassment?