Sexual Harassment


Sexual harassment is intimidation, bullying or coercion that is sexual in nature, or any unwelcome or inappropriate promise of rewards in exchange for sexual favors. Sexual harassment includes a range of behaviors; some may seem simply as mild annoyances while others are sexual abuse or sexual assault. Sexual harassment is a form of illegal employment discrimination in many countries, and is a form of sexual and psychological abuse and bullying. In some circumstances, sexual harassment may also be illegal.

Sexual harassment can occur in a variety of circumstances. Often, the harasser is in a position of power or authority over the victim. The power may be because of a differences in age,social, political, educational or employment type relationships.

some quick facts about harassment:

  • The harasser can be anyone – a client, a co-worker, a teacher or professor, a student, a friend, or a stranger.
  • The victim does not have to be the person directly harassed but can be anyone who finds the behavior offensive and is affected by it.
  • While adverse effects on the victim are common, this does not have to be the case for the behavior to be unlawful.
  • The victim can be any gender, and the harasser can be any gender.
  • The harasser does not have to be of the opposite sex.
  • It is possible that the harasser may be completely unaware that their behavior is offensive or constitutes sexual harassment or they may be unaware that their actions might be unlawful.