Nearly one in five women and one in 13 men say they have been sexually harassed, yet only half were willing to report the incident to police, a survey has revealed. Of 403 respondents, 19.2 per cent of women and 7.7 per cent of men said they had suffered sexual harassment at least once, mostly physical contact or verbal harassment. But only 52.5 per cent of victims said they would definitely call police after being sexually harassed, while 36 per cent said it would depend on the situation. The survey was carried out last month by the women's commission of the Kowloon Federation of Associations to raise public awareness. The Equal Opportunities Commission handled 57 cases of sexual harassment last year, up 30 per cent compared with 10 years ago. Yolanda Ng Yuen-ting, a member of the women's commission, said she had noticed a rising trend in the number of cases the press had exposed in recent years. 'This problem is worsening in Hong Kong.' She said many people still lacked a clear idea about what sexual harassment was. The survey found fewer than 20 per cent of men and women realised it was a kind of harassment if someone sent them unwanted fruity jokes or pornographic pictures by e-mail or mobile phone. It revealed that people were most likely to suffer sexual harassment while using public transport, followed by the workplace. Among those reluctant to make a complaint to police, two out of five said they did not want to 'look for trouble', while 30 per cent either felt too embarrassed to reveal what had happened or believed the police would be of little help. 'The key to curb the expansion of this problem is to encourage everybody to say no to sexual harassment, and there's a lot to be done for our society to better cope with this problem,' Ms Ng said. She called for the Equal Opportunities Commission to simplify procedures for lodging complaints, saying it was often too complicated for victims. She also urged the government to raise the punishment level of the offence in the Sex Discrimination Ordinance and step up education among youngsters.