More than a quarter of female MLAs have been sexually harassed during their political life, according to a survey carried out by the Belfast Telegraph.
And we can reveal that 70% have had sexist remarks made to their face by men, and three-quarters have experienced sexism on social media.
A total of 27 of Northern Ireland's 32 female MLAs took part in the survey. Of those who responded, seven (26%) said they had been sexually harassed during their political career at either council or Assembly level.
Nineteen MLAs (70%) said sexist remarks had been made to their face during their work, and 21 said they had experienced sexism or harassment online.
Only four MLAs - from four different parties - said they had experienced neither harassment nor sexism during their political life.
The majority of those who took part in the survey were interviewed on the telephone on condition of anonymity, but some of the female politicians have chosen to go public with their experience.
The current Assembly has the highest ever number of female representatives to sit at Stormont (36%) with 14 from Sinn Fein, six DUP, five SDLP, three Alliance, two Green, one Ulster Unionist, and independent MLA Claire Sugden.
Most women who took part in the survey thought there was less sexism now at Stormont than previously, and most who had council experience found that had been a more hostile environment.
The majority of those who spoke in detail about sexual harassment had experienced it in local government. One MLA recalled two incidents in her political career. "The first was from a male councillor, a lot older than me, from a different party and a different council. He made unwanted sexual advances," she said.
"The second time was from an independent attendee at my party's annual conference. He made unwanted advances and wasn't taking no for an answer. It really shook me up."
She said she had never experienced sexist remarks at Stormont. "Men will say 'Your hair's lovely' or 'I like that outfit' but they're being friendly, not sexist. I make remarks like that myself. Tell a woman her suit's nice or tell a man that he's got a great tan. It's harmless."
Another MLA said that as a young councillor she had been "inappropriately touched" by two male councillors on separate occasions. "It was done in a way that they pretended they were joking, but they weren't," she said.
"I felt very uncomfortable. It's not something that hangs over me, but I should have called it out. I kick myself now that I didn't. I'm not usually one for saying nothing.
"When I eventually talked to other female councillors, I discovered that it had happened to them as well. There was a lot of toxic masculinity around. There were degrading remarks made too, and I have a thick skin.
"I'd tell a younger me to report the harassment, and to reach out and talk to other women colleagues immediately."
The MLA said she had not experienced sexism since she was elected to Stormont. "The Assembly is very different to local government," she said. "Social media isn't a problem for me either. I get a lot of grief for my politics, but it's not misogynist."
Another MLA said she was inappropriately touched by a constituent at a public event in her Stormont role. "I shocked and horrified," she said. "I don't think anybody noticed, and I didn't want to make an issue of. My silence is indicative of a society that is getting this wrong."
She said that she felt "well-respected in the Assembly", and had no problems as a councillor. But she thought that the media could be sexist and that it questioned the ability of women in politics far more readily than it did men.
One Stormont representative said she had experienced sexist remarks from a male MLA of another party. "He will make comments about my appearance, and he's done the same to other women. He is the only one who does. He may mean it in an old-school way but it's unacceptable," she said.
An MLA said sexist comments had been made to her by a fellow Stormont committee member. She "let the incident slide" because she was in shock.
Another women politician said male MLAs would start "laughing and talking to each other" when she began to speak in the chamber.
One MLA said that while the language used at Stormont was outdated - with committee 'chairmen' - the chamber was "very well-behaved" compared to her council experience.
"I had pig noises directed at me when I was a councillor, and I was told to go away and make the tea. I think the women's caucus at Stormont has really helped change things," she said.
SDLP Infrastructure Minister Nichola Mallon said she had experienced sexist remarks throughout her political career. "When I was Belfast Lord Mayor and going to functions with my husband, it was often assumed that he was the Lord Mayor," she said.
"When I met the Queen in 2014, there was more media commentary on what I wore than what I said."
Mallon has suffered sexism at Stormont. "I was Mark H Durkan's Spad (special adviser) when he was Environment Minister. At a meeting, another politician said to me 'Have you not got the tea and coffee ready?'
"Recently, I was at a meeting in Dublin. When I arrived, an official asked me who I was. I said 'Minister Mallon'. He replied: 'Are you his private secretary?' People still don't expect a female to hold political office."
Alliance Justice Minister Naomi Long said: "Recently when I asked to see a document in Stormont, the man replied 'I don't know if you need to see it, it's a very technical document.' I mean, I was a civil engineer before I entered politics, I can do technical.
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"Things are said in a jokey way, but the underlying current is that women are useless. It bounces off me, but I feel it's important to call it out for others. If you don't challenge it, you're allowing the culture to continue."
Long added: "There is less sexism in this Assembly than in previous ones. It's now perhaps more sniggering than comments to your face. The worst stuff has moved online.
"Social media is the wild frontier. The abuse is grotesque. Women are 'hysterical', 'shrill' and 'bitches' if they simply raise their voices."
DUP Economy Minister Diane Dodds said she had experienced "sexism and misogyny" from the start of her political career: "On Belfast City Council, I was proposed as chair of its most powerful committee.
"Certain officials asked me if I was sure about taking up the role. They would never have asked a man that. Women always have to be better prepared and more on top of the detail than men.
"Male politicians shout you down. They think that whoever shouts the loudest wins the argument.
"There is much sexism on social media. Women are seen as fair game. A man recently said I looked like I was wearing my dressing-gown at an event."
Dodds added: "I'm pretty tough, I've represented tough areas, so it's a niggle, not a wound. Compared to my early days in politics, it's much better now. And sexism is not confined to Northern Ireland. I experienced worse in the European Parliament."
SDLP MLA Dolores Kelly said: "Many sexist remarks have been directed at me, especially years ago when I was on council. There'd be sexual commentary from some councillors when they had a drink in them.
"I worked in a bar as a teenager so I knew how to deal with them. I'd a built-in resilience. People still call you 'love' and 'dear', but I look for the intent. Sometimes, it's patronising, other times it's not.
"Social media is the worst. I was called a tramp, a trollop and a whore in one incident. I thought 'I'm not taking this any more' and I went to the PSNI. The man responsible was convicted. Sexist remarks online aren't just made by men. I've been shocked at what some women say to other women."
DUP MLA Paula Bradley said she had not experienced problems at Stormont. "I was a police officer and worked in the health service, and there is less sexism in politics than in my previous jobs," she said. "I feel women are treated with a level of respect from fellow MLAs and Assembly staff that I've never experienced elsewhere. I'd give Stormont a clean bill of health."
But she said the social media abuse was awful. "Some of the things said by nameless, faceless trolls on Twitter really hurts me. I'm not going to pretend that I can brush it off.
"You're called horrendous names. I'm not just a politician, I'm a mummy and a granny. I've been told 'You should have been aborted at birth' and 'I hope your children die'. My kids read this stuff. When I put out a statement online, I'm fearful of what will come."
She said the nature of politics here increased her concerns because "politicians are very much part of the community in Northern Ireland, people have easy access to us".
But she said there was "a spirit of sisterhood" in the Assembly. "Contrary to popular belief, we do work together. Women from other parties will ring each other and support each other when something horrible happens," she added.
One MLA said: "Social media is an absolute cesspit. I even get nasty sexualised swear words directed at me when I post about Covid-19 regulations". She has reported an incident to the PSNI.
Another female representative revealed that she had also reported "a few especially vile and dangerous people to the PSNI" over online abuse.
SDLP MLA Cara Hunter said she had received sexually violent and threatening abuse online and by phone when she was a councillor. "Middle-aged men would ask me to come over to their home to sort out 'a problem'.
"They'd try to blackmail me and say that if I didn't go they'd post on Facebook that I was lazy and unprofessional," she said.
Hunter had to have her contact details removed from Derry City and Strabane District Council's website for her own protection.
She said that sexist comments were made about her looks: "I had my picture taken at a libraries event. A man sniped about my 'pompous Miss World photo-shoot' when I'd done nothing different to what male politicians do."