If you're the recipient of unwelcome behavior (including comments, jokes or photos), if it continues deliberately and repeatedly and if it interferes with your ability to study or work, it is considered hostile work environment harassment. Speak up and tell the person. This behavior is not appropriate at work or in school, even if it is appropriate outside or during everyday life. The aim of this behavior is to maintain the status quo.
If your teacher or boss asks you to stay after school or work and wants to touch you, kiss you or otherwise inappropriately interact with you - in return for good grades or better pay - this is considered quid pro quo harassment. Speak up and tell the them. This behavior is not appropriate at work or school.
There is usually a policy in place at your school or work that lists your organization's stand on sexual harassment. Check with someone you trust: a co-worker, another teacher, a peer counselor, counselor or friend. An established procedure might help with mediation. Even if you leave the situation completely (by dropping out of school, changing your major, quitting your job or moving to another division), the effects of being harassed do not end. If you do not report sexual harassment, the harasser will continue the behavior with someone else.Why don't individuals report sexual harassment? Some reasons include:
What are some of the possible physical and psychological effects of sexual harassment?
You are not alone. One out of every two women will experience some form of sexual harassment during her academic or working lifetime. Please check these links for more information:A guide for girls on love, respect, and abuse in relationships
Sexual Harassment Internet Resources
Kavitha - Fighting the Rising Tide - Controlling the Nile River
Monica - No Thanks: Sexual Harassment in School and at Work
Team - The Story of the Suez Canal
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