Advocacy/Hotline Definitions Trade-Offs:
Trading something for a sexual favor. The harasser could promise things like good grades, a spot on a sports team, protection or even threaten punishment in order to get what they want. 1 in 4 girls are sexually assault by the time they are 18.
1 in 6 boys are sexually assault by the time they are 18.
Sexual assault and harassment are not about flirting or sexual attraction. They are about using a sexual act or behavior as a tool to gain power and control. They are offensive, degrading, humiliating, and often frightening and insulting.
The difference between good-natured harmless flirting and sexual harassment is how it makes the other person feel. If your conduct makes another feel uncomfortable or angry, it may be sexual harassment. Victims can be anyone Harassers can be anyone Silence is no substitute for enthusiastic, positive consent.
“They didn’t say no” means they also didn’t say yes.
Sexual assault and harassment are scary and confusing to a victim – everybody reacts in very different ways!
Don’t assume you can interpret silence. Stats Bystander! Sexual Harassment Scenarios - What RED flags do you see? "You are at your locker between classes. You see a group of guys walking down the hall. Two lockers down, you notice one of the boys sneaking up behind a girl and slapping her butt. All the guys are laughing and she looks down at the floor. The bell rings and everyone walks to class." "If two people have flirted in the past it does not mean they will want to keep flirting in the future." Sexual Assault Victims often experience...
Numbing/apathy (detachment, loss of caring)
Loss of self-esteem
Loss of security/loss of trust in others
Guilt/shame/embarrassment Students who experience sexual harassment are more likely to avoid the person who bothered or harassed them, talk less in class, not want to go to school, change their seats to get away from the harasser or find it hard to pay attention in school. The Bottom Line Is: If someone does not welcome the sexual behavior it is sexual harassment! Sexual Harassment = Any unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual acts, and other verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature. Sexual Harassment is a form of sexual violence that can include things such as inappropriate comments or jokes, demands for sexual activity or unwanted touching, pinching or grabbing. You have the right to refuse any kind of sexual advance from any person and the right to feel safe no matter where you are! Everyone has the right to set their own boundaries. Here are some reasons it’s a good idea to respect the boundaries of others:
They are more likely to have respect for you and your boundaries!
Harassment of any kind has a negative effect on the people being harassed.
There are serious consequences for harassment inside of school and out! Students who experience sexual harassment are more likely to avoid the person who bothered or harassed them, talk less in class, not want to go to school, change their seats to get away from the harasser or find it hard to pay attention in school.
Does this sound like a place you want to be a part of? Hostile Environment: When the harasser’s actions make you feel uncomfortable just by being in the same place as them. At school, this could be anywhere: classrooms, hallways, locker rooms, cafeteria or buses. (253) 474-7273
Advocacy Boundaries Types of Sexual Harassment FLIRTING VS. HARASSMENT
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