Sexual harassment is any unwanted and unwelcome words, conduct, or behaviour of a sexual nature which: ​

  • violates your dignity
  • makes you feel intimidated, embarrassed, degraded or humiliated
  • creates a hostile or offensive environment

You don’t need to have previously objected to someone's behaviour for it to be considered unwanted. ​

​Sexual harassment can include:

  • someone making sexually degrading comments or gestures
  • physical behaviour, including unwelcome sexual advances and touching
  • e-mails or text messages with sexual content
  • someone displaying sexually explicit pictures in your space or a shared space, such as at work
  • your body being stared or leered at
  • being subjected to sexual jokes or propositions

Sexual harassment is recognised as a form of discrimination under the Equality Act 2010 and is therefore against the law. 


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