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Sexual harassment: What it is and how to cope

Sexual harassment is any form of unwelcome sexual behavior be in verbal or physical in nature. 

If you’re being sexually harassed, you might:

  • Feel offended, 
  • Feel humiliated, 
  • Feel upset 
  • Feel anxious, depressed, and stressed 
  • Lose confidence and self-esteem
  • Be less productive and unable to concentrate.
  • Withdraw from social situations

What does sexual harassment include.? 

Sexual harassment can include:

  • Touching, grabbing, or making other physical contacts without consent
  • Making comments to someone that have a sexual meaning
  • Asking for sex or sexual favors
  • Inappropriate staring
  • Sending unwanted sexual pictures 
  • Making sexual gestures or suggestive body movements towards someone
  • Cracking sexual jokes and comments around someone
  • Questioning people about their sex life
  • Insulting someone with sexual comments
  • Spreading sexual rumors about someone 
  • Demanding hugs all the time
  • Using mean words that can put someone down based on their gender
  • Stalking someone including online

I’m being sexually harassed — what can I do?

Here are some things you can do:

  • Talk to the offender and explain to him or her that the behavior is unwanted and ask them to stop
  • Document all the harassment including when it occurred, the names of any people who saw what happened, and what you've done to try to stop it.
  • Save all the evidence be it on text or social media. This evidence can help you in reporting 
  • Tell someone. You may want to tell a trusted adult, teacher, friend, family, member 
  • Report the offender to the police. Sexual harassment is against the law and should be reported to the police.
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