Sexual harassment can occur in a variety of different ways by people from any gender or background. They could be a stranger to the victim or they could know them personally, such as a peer, co-worker, teacher, or colleague. Flirting between kids and teens is normal, but there are huge differences between flirting and sexual harassment. For example, flirting is welcome attention while sexual harassment isn’t wanted by the victim. Flirting is meant to make someone feel flattered and confident, but sexual harassment is meant to make someone feel degraded and powerless. Research has shown that 81 percent of students will experience some form of sexual harassment while they’re in school, while 27 percent experiences it often (“New York City Alliance Against Sexual Assault,” n.d.).
Some forms of sexual harassment include:
- Making sexual jokes about someone
- Showing someone sexual pictures or videos
- Pulling at someone’s clothing, touching or grabbing them in a deliberate way
- Asking someone on a date more than once after they’ve said no repeatedly
- Unwelcome sexual advances
- Requests for sexual favors
- Verbal harassment of a sexual nature
- Making conditions of schooling or employment dependent on sexual favors
If you are experiencing sexual harassment at school, you can find a list of the mandatory reporters in the Burlington School District in the menu on our homepage. They are there to help you make a report and handle the situation. If you are experiencing it at a college or university in Chittenden County, you can find resources and contact information in the “Sexual Assault & Consent” link under “Sexual Harassment & Assault” for all schools here in our resources tab.
Sexual harassment can also occur out and about throughout the community, where someone could experience catcalling, stalking, groping or fondling, or someone exposing themselves. These behaviors should be reported to the local law enforcement agencies.
Factsheets: Sexual Harassment Information for Teens. (n.d.). Retrieved April 17, 2016, from http://www.svfreenyc.org/survivors_factsheet_60.html