What is sexual harassment, and how can you deal with it?
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.”