Sexual Abuse & Sexual Harassment

Sexual Abuse & Sexual Harassment:

The definition of sexual harassment can take many forms, but ultimately discusses any unwanted sexual advances, both verbal and physical. Sexual abuse is unpermitted contact of one’s private areas. Sexual harassment and abuse can result in the submission to or reject of said advances, and can then lead to an intimidating or hostile work or school environment, thus affecting the performance and self-esteem of the victim. Much like the definition, the acts of sexual abuse and harassment can take many forms, including, but not limited to rape, hate crimes, incest, child abuse, domestic violence, and stalking.

Sexual Harassment in the Workplace

Sexual harassment in the workplace is often divided into two main categories:

Hostile environment-When unwelcome and persistent sexual conduct on the part of the harasser creates an uncomfortable and perhaps hostile working environment.

Quid pro quo-When the harasser makes conditions of employment dependent upon the victim providing sexual favors or any other blackmailing device.

There can be a variety of circumstances regarding sexual harassment and abuse. First, the harasser’s actions must be unwanted. The harasser can be either a man or a woman, and in the workplace can range in rank from a supervisor to a co-worker.

Sexual Harassment in the School:

Sexual harassment is not limited to the workplace. Sexual harassment also occurs in schools and can range from looks and jokes to physical contact.

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