Sexual harassment is any attention or sexual behavior toward someone that doesn’t want it. The person being harassed is the one who decides if it is harassment. This includes comments about your body, your dating life, your physical and sexual actions in relationships, sexual orientation, and anything related to sex that makes you uncomfortable.
If someone is making sexual advances on you that you don’t want, it might be sexual harassment. Make sure you know the rules you want to have for yourself. Be confident in your rules so you can stand your ground against unwanted advances by others.
If you are making sexual advances on another person who doesn't want you to do so, that can be sexual harassment, too. Respect other people’s boundaries for wanted or unwanted attention. If they don’t want the attention, then leave them alone.
Remember that schools are required to have a policy against sexual harassment. No one deserves to be harassed. Report harassment you see or experience to an adult you trust - a parent, teacher, or school counselor. We are always available to talk at 1-855-201-2121.
Sexual bullying is saying or doing anything that makes someone else uncomfortable about their body, physical relationships, or sexual orientation. Almost everyone at some point will see someone bully someone else, including using words like “slut,” “fag,” “fat,” or “bitch.” Unfortunately, many gay, lesbian, bisexual, or transgendered (LGBT) students hear people making fun of them at school with words like “faggot” or “dyke.” Also, bullies often use “gay” as a word that means stupid, weird, or sissy.
This creates a bad environment for everyone, and even kids who are not the target of those mean words can start to feel unsafe. School should be a place of respect for everyone, so if you or someone else is being bullied, you should speak to an adult you trust about the situation. At 1-855-201-2121, we are always here to talk.
There are some simple ways to help people that are bullied realize that they aren’t alone and that others truly care about them.