If you are a victim of continuous acts which are unwelcome, either including spoken words, gestures or circulations of words or pictures, then you may be a victim of harassment. Harassment can also include unwelcome conduct based on race, colour, religion, sex, age, disability or sexual orientation.
Sexual harassment is another specific form of harassment and can include:
•Unwelcome physical contact such as touching, hugging or kissing;
•Unwanted invitations to go out on dates or requests for sexual interaction;
•Intrusive questions about an employee’s private life or body;
•Threats to demote, fire, harm (emotionally or physically) if sexual or dating requests are not met or if victim/ survivor tells other people
If you are a victim of sexual harassment, you might feel offended, humiliated, intimidated, angry, fearful, or even embarrassed. All these are common effects on people who suffered harassment. You could also be made to doubt your own judgement or self-worth while also blaming yourself about what happened or be blamed by others.
Remember, what happened was not your fault. Speak up and get the support you need.