Sexual Harassment

Sexual Harassment is unwelcomed physical or verbal comments, attention or contact. The term sexual applies to comments on things like a person’s appearance, body parts, or sexual orientation. It may also include spreading gossip or rumors of a sexual nature. Most times sexual harassment is to intimidate, hurt, or offend.

It is important to know if you are a victim of sexual harassment, it is NEVER your fault and nothing you do or did makes you “deserve it.” The responsibility lies solely with the offender.

If you are a victim of sexual harassment or you feel someone is being victimized talk to a trusted adult.

Examples of Sexual Harassment

  • Sharing sexually inappropriate images or videos, such as pornography, with co-workers
  • Sending suggestive letters, notes, or e-mails
  • Making inappropriate sexual gestures
  • Staring in a sexually suggestive or offensive manner, or whistling
  • Making sexual comments about appearance, clothing, or body parts
  • Inappropriate touching, including pinching, patting, rubbing, or purposefully brushing up against another person

Important resources:

Texas Civil Rights Project This Austin-based non profit provides free legal and social services to those in need. For more information, call 512-474-5073 or visit
National Sexual Assault Hotline This free, confidential and anonymous hotline connects you with your nearest RAAIN (Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network) member center. Call 1-800-656-HOPE (1-800-656-4673).