Personal tools
You are here: Home > Taking Action > Sexual Harassment > Examples

Examples of Sexual Harassment

The following behaviors could be considered sexual harassment if unwelcome:

  • Direct or indirect threats or bribes for unwanted sexual activity.
  • Sexual innuendoes and comments.
  • Intrusive sexually explicit questions.
  • Sexually suggestive sounds or gestures such as sucking noises, winks, or pelvic thrusts.
  • Repeatedly asking a person out for dates or to have sex.
  • Rating a person's sexuality.
  • Ogling or leering, staring at a woman's breast or man's derriere.
  • Spreading rumors about a person's sexuality.
  • Graffiti about a person's sexuality.
  • Name-calling, such as "bitch", "whore" or "slut".
  • Frequent jokes about sex for males/females.
  • Letters, notes, telephone calls, or material of a sexual nature.
  • Pervasive displays of pictures, calendars, cartoons or other materials with sexually explicit or graphic content.
  • Stalking a person.
  • Attempted or actual sexual assault.
  • Pressure for sexual activities accompanied by implied promises of special treatment or threats concerning an individual's employment status or academic status.
  • Any unwanted physical contact such as patting, pinching, grabbing, backrubs, neck rubs, blocking, cornering, pinning against the wall, touches, brushes, hugs, footsies, kneesies, wolf whistles.

 

What To Do and Who To Contact

  • Tell the offender the behavior is unwelcome and must stop.
  • Document any further harassment.
  • Discuss the situation with one of the members of the Equity & Affirmative Action Council.
by Clark, Leslie A. last modified May 29, 2012 09:01 AM