Types of Sexual Harassment
Unfortunately, sexual harassment can come in many forms, affecting individuals of any age, race, gender, or sexual orientation. While sexual harassment is considered a type of discrimination, sexual offenders have no problem discriminating between victims. They can just as easily harass a young child as an elderly individual.
Sexual harassment is defined as any unwanted or unwelcome actions or conduct that is sexual in nature. The important thing to remember about sexual harassment is that victims do not approve of the behavior and want it to stop immediately. Examples of sexual harassment include, but are not limited to the following:
- Verbal sexual harassment: Comment regarding an individual’s physical appearance, clothing, general sexual comments, quid pro quo (this for that) requests, or repeatedly asking a person out on a date or for sexual favors.
- Non-verbal sexual harassment: Includes staring at someone’s body in a provocative manner, such as looking at their figure up and down, making obscene gestures or facial expressions, or stalking.
- Written sexual harassment: Involves any written document, letter, memo, email, or text message that has a sexual context.
- Visual sexual harassment: Includes sexual or provocative pictures, photos or screen savers that can be deemed offensive or inappropriate.
- Physical sexual harassment: Any unwanted touching (i.e. kissing, hugging, or fondling) or aggressive or violent behavior, including rape or attempt at rape.
Those who have experienced any of these incidents should contact a sexual harassment attorney immediately to file a claim and protect their rights.