Sexual Harassment

Sexual Harassment

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Any deliberate or repeated language, behavior, or visual display that causes a person fear, anxiety, shame, or embarrassment.

​Signs that it could be sexual harassment

  • ​Sexual comments or inappropriate references to gender
  • Sexually explicit statements, questions, jokes, or anecdotes regardless of the means of communication (oral, written, electronic, etc.)
  • Unwanted touching, patting, hugging, brushing against a person’s body or staring
  • Inquiries or commentaries about sexual activity, experience, or orientation
  • Display of inappropriate or sexually oriented material in locations where others can view them​

​Sexual Harassment vs. Flirting​

Sexual harassment makes the receiver feel:​Flirting makes the receiver feel:​
Bad
Angry/sad
Demeaned
Ugly
Powerless​
​​Good
Happy
​​Flattered
Pretty/attractive
In control​

​​Sexual harassment results in:​​Flirting results in:​
​Negative self-esteem​​Positive self-esteem​

Sexual harassment is p​erceived as:​Flirting is perceived as:​
One-sided
Demeaning
Degrading
Invading​
Reciprocal
Flattering
Open
A Compliment​

​​Sexual harassment is:​​Flirting is:​
Unwanted
Power-motivated
Illegal​
Wanted
Equally-motivated
Legal

​​What to do if you are harassed

  • Tell the harasser that the behavior is offensive and that you want it to stop
  • Document the problem behavior: date, time, place, witnesses, specific behaviors (this could include saving text messages or emails)
  • Report the harassment to your RA, Assistant Hall Director (ADH), Hall Director (HD), work supervisor, etc.
  • Contact the Student Life Office | (740) 364-9578
  • Seek counseling from Counseling Services​
  • For the university's stance on sexual harassment see: OSU Code of Student Conduct Sexual Harassment by Students​

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