Sexual harassment is unwanted or unwelcome sexual behaviour, which makes a person feel offended, humiliated or intimidated and it is against the law.
Sexual harassment is a type of sex discrimination and can take many different forms, it can be obvious or indirect, physical or verbal, repeated or one-off and perpetrated by males and females against people of the same or opposite sex, such as:
- unwelcome touching, grabbing or other physical contact
- comments that have sexual meanings
- asking for sex or sexual favours
- leering and staring
- displaying rude and offensive material
- sexual gestures or body movement
- sexual jokes and comments
- questions about your sex life
- sex-based insults
- criminal offences such as obscene phone calls, indecent exposure or sexual assault.
Sexual harassment is NOT interaction, flirtation or friendship which is mutual or consensual. If sexual harassment includes behaviour that causes humiliation, pain, fear or intimidation, it can amount to sexual assault. If you have been sexually assaulted please contact the Police or the Complaints Management Unit immediately for guidance.