Sexual harassment is not the same as flirting or kidding around
It is unwelcome behaviour that creates an atmosphere of humiliation and anxiety. The following can constitute harassment:
rude jokes, suggestive gestures and expressions,
name-calling, calling someone a fag or a whore,
unwelcome sexually suggestive, intrusive text messages or Facebook messages,
unwelcome touches, invitations for sex, and harassment,
at its worst sexual harassment may include sexual violence, e.g. attempted rape or rape
If you witness harassment:
Tell the guilty party that his/her behaviour is offensive and he/she must stop.
Side with the victim!
- Listen to and believe a friend, who has experienced harassment. Laughing at the matter is hurtful.
- Do not make light of the situation or blame the victim for the harassment
Be prepared to tell an adult, so that harassment can be put to an end.
If you experience harassment:
You always have the right to walk away from a situation without saying a word and without asking for permission to do so.
Learn to immediately tell the person harassing you that his/her behaviour is offensive and unwelcome, and that he/she must stop. In some instances, this is enough to put an end to harassment. Remember to never blame yourself for harassment, even if you are unable to defend yourself.
Tell an adult you trust about the harassment and demand that something be done about it.