The South African government’s Code of Good Practice on Sexual Harassment defines sexual harassment as unwanted conduct of a sexual nature. The unwanted nature of sexual harassment separates it from behaviour that is welcome and mutual.

How do I know it is sexual harassment?

  • Is the conduct of a sexual nature?
  • Is the conduct unwelcome?
  • Do you feel uncomfortable?
  • Do you feel you are being punished for your perceived gender or sexual orientation?

The Code of Good Practice on Sexual Harassment states that:

“Sexual attention becomes sexual harassment if: (a) The behaviour is persisted in, although a single incident of harassment can constitute sexual harassment; and/or(b) The recipient has made it clear that the behaviour is considered offensive; and/or(c) The perpetrator should have known that the behaviour is regarded as unacceptable.”