Sexual harassment is an atrocity for anyone to have to deal with. When you are sexually harassed by someone, you need to stand up for your rights and take steps to make the harassment stop.
What many people don’t realize is that there are different types of sexual harassment that you might encounter. It is imperative that you realize that all of these types exist so that you can nip things in the bud if it happens.
The most obvious form of sexual harassment is touching. Anyone who touches you without your permission is sexually harassing you. Groping you, rubbing your shoulders and similar actions can all constitute sexual harassment.
Another form of sexual harassment is verbal. Having to deal with unwanted sexual comments is wrong. These comments don’t have to be made toward you. Even if someone else is the subject of the comments, you can still be sexually harassed if you have to hear those comments.
Sexual coercion and bribery are both forms of sexual harassment that you should be on the look out for. These mean that you are either told you will get a reward if you allow the sexual acts to occur or that you will be punished if you don’t allow them.
Sexual harassment at work isn’t ever acceptable. Employers should have clear guidelines about sexual harassment and what is going to happen if there is harassment present. If you are sexually harassed, file complaints with the appropriate people. From there, you might have to take legal action if nothing is done to stop the harassment from occurring.
Source: El Paso Community College, “Types of Sexual Harassment,” accessed Feb. 01, 2018