What is Sexual Harassment?
Sexual harassment is when someone speaks to you or touches you in a way that feels uncomfortable to you, particularly if it’s in sexual way. It can happen just once or may happen many times.
Here are few examples chomas:
- People spreading sexual rumours or asking you about your sexuality or body
- Being inappropriately stared at
- Name calling - when someone insults you about your sexuality Sexual jokes that make you feel uncomfortable • Someone asking you for sexual favours
- Unwanted behaviours such as being forced to go on dates or being demanded to give out hugs
- Unwanted touching such as someone slapping you on your buttocks
- Homophobic language - this is using language that puts someone down because of their sexual orientation. For example being called "fag", "slut", or "dyke"
- Threatening to suspend or punish someone if they don't accept sexual advances (this is known as reprisal)
- Stalking (behaviour that makes you feel unsafe, including unwanted visits, phone calls, texts, emails, or letters; leaving presents; watching someone's home or school)
Sexual harassment can also happen online. This includes:
- Showing or sending sexual pictures, cartoons, or other sexual images via phones, tablets or PCs
What to do if you are being harassed
- Speak up. Tell your harasser to stop it because it makes you feel uncomfortable.
- Keep a record. Take note of who harassed you, what the person said or did, how you responded and when and where it happened. If the harassment is online, save any harassing emails, texts, or any social media status updates, comments, etc.
- Tell an adult you trust. Talking to a responsible adult can help you figure out if you are indeed being sexually harassed. If you are meeting up with your classmates for an assignment before or after school, tell that adult.
- Report it. Tell your teacher or school principal. Report everything, from what happened and when it began, to the name of the person (or people) harassing you. If no one at school can help you, speak to an adult who can give you guidance on where to get help.
- Consider changing schools if you feel unsafe.
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