Sexual Violence Resource Booklet

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Sexual harassment is making unwelcomed sexual advances, requests for sexual favors and other verbal or physical contact or communication of a sexual nature when: … Such conduct is sufficiently severe, pervasive or persistent and both subjectively and objectively offensive that it has the effect of creating an intimidating, hostile or offensive environment which negatively affects an individual’s academic or employment environment.

Examples of behavior that could be sexual harassment:
• Unwelcomed sexual flirtation, advances or propositions of sexual activities.
• Asking about someone else’s personal, social or sexual life or about their sexual fantasies, preferences or history.
• Discussing one’s own personal sexual fantasies, preferences or history.
• Repeatedly asking for a date from a person who is not interested.
• Whistles, catcalls or insulting sounds.
• Sexually suggestive jokes or innuendoes, or turning discussions into sexual topics.
• Sexually offensive or degrading language used to describe an individual or remarks of a sexual nature to describe a person’s body or clothing.
• Calling a person a “hunk,” “doll,” “babe,” “sugar,” “honey” or similar descriptive terms.
• Displaying sexually demeaning or offensive objects and pictures.
• Making sexual gestures with hands or body movements.
• Rating a person’s sexuality.
• Unwelcomed touching of a person’s body, including massaging a person.

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