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Defining sexual harassment

Sexual harassment is any form of unwanted sexual behavior that is offensive, degrading, or intimidating. Sexual harassment is illegal. This experience affects people in different ways. If you are bullied, there are many things you can do about it.

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  • You want to learn more about sexual harassment

  • You think you may be sexually harassed

  • You want to know what to do if you are sexually harassed.

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What is sexual harassment?

Sexual harassment may include unwanted sexual act that is offensive, humiliating or intimidating. It can be done in writing, orally or physically, and it can be done in person or online.

Anyone can be sexually harassed, regardless of gender. When it occurs at work, school, or college, sexual harassment can amount to a form of discrimination.

What does sexual harassment include?

Sexual harassment can include someone:

  • touching, attacking or making physical contact with you,

  • making comments with you that are sexually significant,

  • asking for sex or sexual favors,

  • looking and staring at you,

  • displaying rudeness and abusive material for you to use. others may see

  • make sexual gestures or suggestive body movements in your direction

  • make jokes and sexual comments near you or you

  • question you about your sex life

  • insult you with sexual comments

  • behavior when making a phone Call made to you feeling uncomfortable

  • indecently exposing himself to you

  • sexually assaulting you.

Difference between sexual harassment and assault

Sexual harassment is a much broader term than sexual assault and refers to a wider variety of inappropriate sexual behaviors. Sexual harassment can include sexual contact, such as unwanted fondling, hugging, or kissing.

Sexual harassment does not have to involve sexual contact or contact. It can also include sexual comments, inappropriate jokes, or display material that is offensive to yourself or others.

Sexual assault occurs when you are coerced, coerced, or induced into any type of sexual activity, including fondling, kissing, sexual acts, or penetrative sex.

If you think you have been a victim of sexual abuse, you may want more information about what it means and what support is available to you.

How sexual harassment can affect you

When you experience sexual harassment, you may:

  • Feel stressed, anxious or depressed

  • Withdrawal from social situations

  • Losing self-confidence and self-esteem

  • Have symptoms of physical stress such as headaches, pain in back, or sleeping

  • Be less productive and unable to concentrate.

What can you do?

No one deserves or requires sexual harassment. Everyone has the right to work and live in an environment free from harassment, intimidation, discrimination and violence. Sexual harassment is illegal (under the Sex Discrimination Act of 1984).

If you have been the victim of sexual harassment, you can do one of the following:

  • Talk to the perpetrator

You can try to resolve the situation yourself by explaining to the person harassing you that their behavior is undesirable. However, this is only recommended if you feel safe and comfortable doing it.

  • Tell someone

Sexual harassment is not something you have to deal with on your own. In the workplace, it may be worth talking to a human resources representative who can help you decide what to do. He may also want to talk to a trusted friend or family member about what is happening.

If you are harassed at work, school or college, learn about their policies and procedures to prevent and deal with sexual harassment. They may already have processes in place to deal with these situations and help you.

  • Keep a journal

Document everything that happened, including when it happened, the names of everyone who saw what happened, and what you did to prevent it. It can be very helpful to keep these records when speaking with a manager or human resources person so they know exactly what happened and when.

  • Save all tests

This evidence can also be helpful when filing a complaint.

  • Get outside information and advice

If you experience sexual harassment in the workplace, you can contact Lawstuff to find the union that represents your industry. They can advise you of your options and rights. Someone can act on your behalf if you are not comfortable with the issue alone. You must respect their confidentiality. If you have any concerns about this, ask them about their official privacy policy.

What to do if sexual harassment continues?

  • You may need to file a formal complaint

  • At school, college or at work, the person harassing you can receive an official warning and seek advice. If the sexual harassment persists, an arbitration process may arise. If they don’t get help or stop working, they can be fired.

  • If you have to leave your job

  • If the harassment has occurred at your workplace, you may be entitled to outstanding wages and benefits if the harassment continues and you feel you have no choice but to leave your workplace.

  • If you are not satisfied with the official response to your complaint

  • If you believe that your school or workplace did not respond adequately to your sexual harassment, you can file a complaint with any of them.