Sexual Harrassment/Assault is unwanted behaviour of a sexual nature that violates your dignity, makes you feel intimitdates, degraded or humiliated or creates a hostile or offensive environment. Read this page to find out more about sexual harrassment and assault, how to report it and support available.
Click here to see what could be categorised as sexual harassment/ assault
Sexual Harassment is repeated unwanted behaviour of a Sexual Nature that:
Sexual harassment can be:
- Verbal (comments about a person's body, spreading sexual rumours, sexual remarks or accusations, dirty jokes or stories)
- Physical (grabbing, rubbing, flashing or mooning, touching, pinching in a sexual way, sexual assault) or
- Visual (display of naked pictures or sex-related objects, obscene gestures).
Sexual harassment can happen to women and men, transgender and intersex persons, and those who are non gender-conforming. It is not limited by sexual orientation.
Sexual Assault is different. Sexual assault refers to a sexual act in which a person is forced to engage against their will. It is a form of sexual violence and can include:
Sexual Assault is a statutory offense, meaning it can be punished by a court.
Click here to see some of the ways in which you can report sexual assault
There are many ways you can report a Sexual Assault:
If the offence has recently happened:
The police will then:
The police have specialist teams who are trained to deal with rape and sexual assault. You can ask to speak to an officer or staff member who’s the same sex as you.
By reporting incidents or crimes when they happen to you, you may be able to prevent these incidents from happening to someone else. You will also help the police understand the extent of sexual crimes in your local area so they can better respond to it.
Click here to see what support is available for those who have suffered sexual assault
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