sexual harassment

Sexual harassment is a broad term that usually refers to incidents at a workplace or in a professional setting. It can include quid pro quo forms: the threat of retaliation or victimisation if women do not submit and the promise of reward if they do. It is frequently divided into three forms:

1. verbal harassment – remarks about someone’s body or look, catcalling & whistling, sexual jokes, verbal sexual advances – flirtation and unwelcome invitations

2. non-verbal harassment – leering, staring, offensive displays of women’s objectified bodies as in advertising campaigns, or sharing pictures without women’s consent

3. physical harassment – wide range including unsolicited physical contact, assault, rape

The some of the examples listed above can fit into the categories of sexual misconduct or sexual assault.

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