Non-Verbal Sexual Harassment

August 28, 2013

Sexual harassment can be exhibited using three types of behaviors – verbal, non-verbal behaviors and gestures, and physical contact . Some types of verbal behavior that might constitute sexual harassment, especially when occurring in combination with offensive touching are:

* Continuous and persistent sexual slurs or sexual innuendoes
* Offensive and persistent risque jokes or kidding about sex or gender-specific traits
* Repeated unsolicited propositions for dates and/or sexual relations

Gestures or non-verbal behaviors might also be considered sexual harassment where they are persistent, severe, and offensive. Examples may include:

* Sexual looks and lewd gestures, such as leering or ogling with suggestive overtones
* Touching oneself sexually or persistent and unwelcome flirting
* Displaying sexually suggestive pictures, calendars, or posters
* Stalking