What is sexual harassment? | Abuse and violence | ReachOut Australia
Sexual harassment can include someone:
- touching, grabbing or making other physical contact with you without your consent
- making comments to you that have a sexual meaning
- asking you for sex or sexual favours
- leering and staring at you
- displaying rude and offensive material so that you or others can see it
- making sexual gestures or suggestive body movements towards you
- cracking sexual jokes and comments around or to you
- questioning you about your sex life
- insulting you with sexual comments
- committing a criminal offence against you, such as making an obscene phone call, indecently exposing themselves or sexually assaulting you.
Understanding Sexual assault and consent | New Zealand Police
What is sexual assault?
Sexual assault is a term used to describe a range of sex crimes committed against a person. It is any unwanted or forced sex act or behaviour that has happened without a person’s consent.
Sexual assault may include:
- Rape (sexual intercourse without consent)
- Indecent assault (unwanted sexual touching)
- Acts of indecency (exposure)
Sexual assault is a violent crime and it is not always committed by strangers. Often the offender is known to the victim, and it can occur within relationships or marriage. It can be a terrifying experience that may have long term effects on the victim regardless of their age, gender, status, culture, ability or sexuality.