Sexual Harassment Definition
Wondering about what a sexual harassment definition entails? Sexual harassment doesn’t just happen to women, men can also be victims of harassment from women or even from another man. Often sexual harassment occurs in the work place, but it can happen anywhere. Sometimes he/she just doesn’t know how to take rejection especially when he/she is in a position of power and always expects to get what they wants. They might try using physical and verbal intimidation to receive sexual favors, can threaten to have you fired or try to insert themselves into your personal life. Sexual harassment is a serious offense; it has the potential to become volatile if the offender lets their ego guide them in thinking it’s okay to disrespect and demean another person with sexual advances. So what defines sexual harassment? Read on to find out.
- Harasser makes sexual innuendos. They always makes inappropriate remarks to you implying something of a sexual nature. Or perhaps might send explicit and unwanted text messages and emails or other forms of communication laden with sexual overtones.
- The harasser makes the work place hostile, making the victim fearful of their safety. The more you reject their advances, the more aggressive they become, trying to corner you and force you to give in. Coworkers may take sides because of lies being told to slander your name by your harasser. They may try to make you appear to be a liar and a big tease.
- The harassment doesn’t stop after you verbally demand it to. You confront the person who is sexually harassing you to make it clear there is nothing nor will there ever be anything between the two of you. You demand the disparaging comments and sexual hints come to a halt, but even after you confront the person about the sexual harassment it still continues.
- Sexual harassment may be accompanied by lewd behavior. The harassment doesn’t stop at just verbal or physical intimidation, but your harasser touches themselves, or you, in a sexual manner and implies sexual acts.
- The harasser tries to touch you in an inappropriate way. If it's a woman making these advances, she may feel because you are a man you should be flattered by and if you seem annoyed you are just playing hard to get. In her mind this can’t possibly be sexual harassment, because in her delusional world you want it as bad as she does. She might even go as far as to try and kiss you or touch you in a very private place.
If you're being harassed, stand up to your harasser. Make it clear to him/her that under no uncertain terms do you approve or welcome the sexual jesters or comments and to refrain from it in your presence. If it continues, the necessary steps need to be taking such as speaking with a supervisor or your Human Resources department and/or filing harassment charges.