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.