Sexual Harassment

Sexual HarassmentDefinitions and Types of Sexual Harassment:

Sexual harassment refers to conduct typically experienced as offensive in nature, in which unwanted sexual advances are made in the context of a relationship of unequal power or authority. Sexual harassment is a form of discrimination on the basis of sex. Read more

Examples of sexual harassment:

  • Sexual remarks
  • Leers and stares
  • Unwanted touching
  • Gestures with the hand and body
  • Spreading of sexual rumors
  • Using the computer to leave sexually offensive messages or produce sexually graphic pictures
  • Comments about one’s clothing


A victim should be encouraged to keep any and all samples of sexually harassing behavior: notes, answering machine messages/voice mail, texts, letters, e-mails, gifts, pictures, etc. The client will want to give this documentation to the attorney they hire to represent their case, or to the Human Resources Department if pursuing any action at work.

How do you know if the behavior if flirting or harassment?

Flirting is…/Makes you feel…/
Results in…
Harassment is…/Makes you feel…/
Results in…
Good, happy, pretty, flattered, in control Bad, angry, sad, demeaned, ugly, powerless
Positive self-esteem Negative self-esteem
Reciprocal, flattering, and a compliment One-sided, invading, degrading
Wanted, legal, and equality-motivated Unwanted, illegal, and power-motivated

If you would like to talk to someone about a sexual harrassment situation call
419/352-1545 (The Link)
and ask for a SAAFE advocate.