Sexual harassment is:
any form of unwelcome words and/or actions of a sexual nature that violate a person’s body, privacy, or feelings and make that person feel uncomfortable, threatened, insecure, scared, disrespected, startled, insulted, intimidated, abused, offended, or objectified.
Sexual harassment can take many different forms and include one or more types at one time:
- Ogling: Staring or looking inappropriately at someone’s body, body parts, and/or eyes.
- Facial expressions: Making any kind of facial expression (licking, winking, opening the mouth) that suggest sexual intentions.
- Catcalls: Whistling, shouting, whispering, and any kind of sexually suggestive sounds/noises.
- Comments: Sexual remarks about someone’s body or clothes or way of walking/behaving/working, telling sexual jokes or stories, suggestions that are sexual or offensive.
- Stalking or following: Following someone, close or at a distance, by foot or in a car, repeatedly or just once, or waiting outside someone’s work/home/car etc.
- Sexual invites: Asking for sex, describing sexual acts or wishes, asking for phone numbers, dinner dates and other suggestions that are implicitly or explicitly sexual in nature.
- Unwanted attention: Interfering with someone’s work or actions by seeking unwelcome contact, asking to socialize, making sexual demands in exchange for work or other benefits, giving gifts that are sexually suggestive, insisting on walking/driving someone home or to work in spite of refusal from the victim.
- Sexual photos: Showing sexual photos or pictures online or offline.
- Online: Repeatedly or occasionally sending unwanted, abusive, or obscene messages, comments, and/or photos and videos via email, instant messaging, on social media, forums, blogs, or online discussion boards.
- Phone calls: Making unwanted phone calls or sending text messages that are sexually suggestive or threatening.
- Touching: Unwanted touching, massaging, pinching, rubbing up against, standing too close, grabbing, groping and any kind of sexual gesture towards someone.
- Indecent exposure: Showing intimate body parts to someone, or masturbating in front of someone or in someone’s presence.
- Threat: Threatening with any form of sexual harassment and/or assault (including rape).
- Mob sexual harassment: Sexual harassment (any of the above categories) committed by large groups of people against one or more individuals.
Sexual harassment is a form of sexual violence. Other forms include:
- Sexual assault: Coerced and/or forced sexual acts such as kissing, undressing etc.
- Rape: Coerced and/or forced oral, anal, or vaginal penetration using body parts or other objects.
- Mob sexual assault/rape: Sexual assault (including rape), committed by large groups of people against one or more individuals.
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