Sexual Harassment

Sexual harassment means any unwelcome conduct of a sexual nature, where is it reasonable to expect that the other person would be offended, afraid or humiliated.

A person can be sexually harassed by another person of the same or a different sex.

Sexual harassment is determined from the point of view of the person feeling harassed.

It does not matter how the behaviour was intended - what matters is its effect on the other person.

Sexual harassment can be:

  • unwelcome touching or kissing
  • commenting on a person's appearance
  • comments, jokes or name-calling
  • leering or staring
  • sexual pictures, objects, emails, text messages or literature
  • direct or implied propositions, or requests for dates
  • asking about a person's sexual history or sexual activities.

Mutual attraction or friendship with consent is not sexual harassment.

Sexual harassment