SEXUAL HARASSMENT FACT SHEET
"Sexual harassment is a harmless joke that doesn't hurt
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
"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.
"There's nothing a person can do to stop
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.
"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.
"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.
"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.
"Sexual harassment is not recognized by the
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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