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Flirting and sexual harassment are two different things. There are several ways to tell the difference between these two behaviors.

Familiarizing yourself with how the behavior is perceived, how it makes the receiver feel, and the results of the behavior, will help determine if sexual harassment is present or simply flirtation

DIFFERENCE BETWEEN FLIRTING AND SEXUAL HARASSMENT

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Flirting and sexual harassment are two different things. There are several ways to tell the difference between these two behaviors. Familiarizing yourself with how the behavior is perceived, how it makes the receiver feel, and the results of the behavior, will help determine if sexual harassment is present or simply flirtation.

FLIRTING BEHAVIORS ARE:
wanted
equally motivated
legal
SEXUAL HARASSMENT BEHAVIORS ARE:
unwanted
power motivated
illegal
FLIRTING IS PERCEIVED AS:
flattering/ complimentary
mutual
open
SEXUAL HARASSMENT IS PERCEIVED AS:
demeaning/degrading
one-sided
invading
FLIRTING MAKES THE RECEIVER FEEL:
attractive
glad
flattered
in control
good
confident
SEXUAL HARASSMENT MAKES THE RECEIVER FEEL:
ugly
sad/angry
demeaned
powerless
bad
helpless

FLIRTING RESULTS IN:
positive self-image
positive self-esteem


SEXUAL HARASSMENT RESULTS IN:
negative self-image
negative self-esteem


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