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MYTH: "Sexual harassment is not recognized by the law."
REALITY: Sexual harassment is illegal. The laws vary from state to state. California Education code is very specific in its definition and outlawing of sexual harassment.

TEEN SEXUAL HARASSMENT FACT SHEET

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MYTH: "Sexual harassment is a harmless joke that doesn't hurt anyone."
REALITY: Although sexual harassment may seem funny at the time, it is not a joke to the person being harassed. People who are sexually harassed experience fear, humiliation, anger, and distress. With prolonged harassment, the person being harassed may experience sleeplessness, anxiety, and poor concentration among other reactions


MYTH: "Girls ask to be harassed by the way they dress or behave."
REALITY: Both young men and young women may dress in styles which they think will impress and be attractive to one another. However, sexual harassment is abusive and, therefore, should not be constructed as attentiveness or welcome advances. It is never permissible to sexually harass someone, no matter what they wear or do.


MYTH: "There's nothing a person can do to stop sexual harassment."
REALITY: Many see harassment as a normal part of growing up. It's true that sexual harassment has existed for a long time. However, sexual harassment should not be condoned simply because of its prevalence and history. It often can be stopped through assertive and direct communication.


MYTH: "Guys cannot be sexually harassed."
REALITY: Boys are also sexually harassed by girls, but most often are harassed by other boys. Boys, or groups of boys, often can call each other names or make derogatory comments about another's sexual orientation.


MYTH: "Girls like to be sexually harassed. It's a way of complimenting."
REALITY: Sexual harassment is rude and demeaning behavior. No one likes being victimized, ridiculed, or insulted. Sexual harassment is not complimentary attention.


MYTH: "Sexual harassment is the same as flirting."
REALITY: Sometimes people confuse flirting with sexual harassment. However, flirting makes people feel good; harassment makes people feel bad.


MYTH: "Sexual harassment is not recognized by the law."
REALITY: Sexual harassment is illegal. The laws vary from state to state. California Education code is very specific in its definition and outlawing of sexual harassment.

 

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