Sexual harassment includes a range of offensive behaviours.
What is the Spectrum of Sexual Misconduct at Work?
Because there are many forms of sexual harassment, it is easy to feel unsure if the unwelcome behavior fits the definition. One way to recognize sexual harassment is to consider if it fits somewhere along a continuum of harm. On the less serious end of the continuum – insensitive sexual comments or jokes. On the more serious end – sexual assault.
What if I say and do nothing?
Many people say they worry about reporting sexual harassment, wondering how it may impact workplace relationships and future career prospects. The best time to stop sexual harassment is when it happens for the first time. When the offensive behaviour continues, it can escalate. Over time, the harasser may become more bold, and the level of harm may worsen.