Sexual Harassment​

Sexual harassment is no joke. Sexual harassment is unwanted sexual behavior. It may take different forms, including: physical contact, like grabbing, pinching, touching or kissing against a person's will; sexual comments, like name-calling, starting rumors, making sexual jokes at a person's expense, or making sexual gestures at or about a person; sexual propositions; and unwanted communication, like phone calls, letters, or e-mails. Unwanted communications can be mean, nasty, or threatening, or they can seem flattering or nice but still make a person uncomfortable. The harasser and the victim can be either male or female, and they do not have to be the opposite sex.


Under Title IX, schools, colleges and universities that receive any amount of federal funding are required to guarantee all students an education in an environment free from sexual harassment and sex discrimination. People who violate the institution's sexual harassment policy may face suspension, expulsion, or possible civil liability for their actions.


Federal law prohibits sexual harassment of college and university students whether the harasser is an employee or another student. Keep in mind that while you are protected from sexual harassment, once you are a legal adult you may also be charged with sexual harassment and criminally charged if applicable. Be aware that your conduct may be offensive and choose your words and actions carefully.

Tips
  • If you feel that you are being sexually harassed, let the proper authorities know. It could be a principal, teacher, or parent. There is no reason to feel embarassed.

  • If after you notify authorities it continues, you may need to contact a lawyer to get a Cease and Desist letter.

  • If that doesn't work, then you can file a private criminal complaint with the D.A.

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