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Sexual Harassment:

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Sexual Harassment

When it comes to sexual harassment, it's often hard to tell what it is, and what it isn't. This section will help you understand more about sexual harassment.

What is Sexual Harassment?
What does it Include?
How Might Someone Feel?
How is Flirting Different than Sexual Harassment?


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Sexual harassment can happen almost anywhere

Sources:
Below are sources PAMF accessed when researching this topic. PAMF, however, does not sponsor or endorse any of these sites, nor does PAMF guarantee the accuracy of the information contained on them.

National Center for Victims of Crime. Teen Victim Project. Accessed May 2007.

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Last reviewed: August 2007

 
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Mental Health Corporation of Denver
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Servicios de la Raza
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The Basics
  • Sexual harassment is unwanted and unwelcome sexual behavior that interferes with your right to get an education or to participate in school activities. In school, sexual harassment may result from words or conduct of a sexual nature that offend, stigmatize, demean, frighten, or threaten you because of your sex.

  • Agreement isn’t needed. The target of sexual harassment and the perpetrator (the one doing the harassing) do not have to agree about what is happening. Sexual harassment is subjective, defined by the person being targeted. You do not have to get others to agree with you.

  • Sexual harassment can happen once or many times. Being the target of sexual harassment may make it very scary to go to school, or hard to concentrate. Incidents of sexual harassment may cause the target to feel uncomfortable, embarrassed or threatened.

  • School district officials are legally responsible to guarantee an education for all students in a safe environment that is free from sexual harassment and sex discrimination.

  • Some forms of sexual harassment are also crimes and should be reported to the police or the district attorney so that the perpetrator can be prosecuted.



Examples of Sexual Harassment in School
  • Touching, pinching, grabbing body parts.

  • Being cornered.

  • Sending sexual notes or pictures.

  • Writing sexual graffiti.

  • Making suggestive or sexual gestures, looks, jokes, or verbal comments (including mooing or barking and other noises).

  • Spreading sexual rumors or making sexual propositions.

  • Pulling someone's clothes off.

  • Pulling their own clothes off.

  • Being forced to kiss someone or do something sexual.

  • Attempted rape and rape.



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