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Sexual Harassment

What is Sexual Harassment

In very simple terms, Sexual Harassment is unwelcome sexual behavior that makes a student feel uncomfortable or unsafe!

Sexual Harassment can be Physical

*    Blocking someone’s way, or Standing too close
*    Bumping into someone or brushing against another person on purpose
*    Patting, Hugging, or Kissing
*    Grabbing, Touching or Pinching

Sexual Harassment can be Verbal

*    Threats, or insults
*    Comments about a person’s body
*    Sexual jokes, remarks, stories or rumors
*    Notes, letters or graffiti
*    Whistles or rude noises

Sexual Harassment can be Nonverbal

*    Staring at a persons body
*    Sexual pictures or drawings
*    Mimicking in an insulting way
*    Gestures or looks, winking, licking lips or suggestive body movements

The Basic Rule is: it’s probably sexual harassment if the person feels uncomfortable or threatened.  It does not matter what the harasser intended!!!!!!

Effects of Sexual Harassment on the Victim:

  • Lose self-respect or a feeling of power or control in their lives
  • Get sick more often or miss days of school
  • Feel unsafe
  • Avoid certain classes, activities or people
  • Get lower grades because it’s hard to concentrate or get work done in class

What can you do about sexual harassment?

You must take action!  Don’t just sit there and let harassment happen…
  • Tell the harasser to stop
  • Talk to friends
  • Write down what happened (time, date, who saw what happened, etc)
  • Avoid being alone with the harasser
  • Talk to an adult you trust
  • Consider filing a complaint-this will remain confidential to the extent that we can.

If you see another student being sexually harassed...

  • Help the person get out of the situation safely
  • Make your feelings clear
  • NEVER join the harasser

Are you harassing someone?  Here are some questions to ask yourself:

  • Am I making the person uncomfortable?
  • Would I do the same things in front of a parent, a teacher, or others I respect?
  • Would it be OK if someone did the same thing to my sister or brother?