What is Harrassment?

4Harassment is any form of behaviour that:

  • You do not want, not asked for and not returned
  • Offends, humiliates or intimidates you
  • Targets you because of your sex, pregnancy, race, marital status, disability, age, carers responsibilities, homosexuality or transgender

Sexual harassment is any form of sexually related behaviour that:

  • You do not want
  • Offends, humiliates or intimidates you
  • In the circumstances, a reasonable person should have expected would offend, humiliate or intimidate you

Depending on the circumstances any of the following could also amount to harassment or sexual harassment:

  • Telling racist, sexist, ageist or homophobic jokes
  • Asking intrusive questions about a persons private life or sexual activity
  • Verbal abuse or swearing
  • Excluding a person from making or from routine social occasions
  • Physically or emotionally gruelling initiation ceremonies
  • Inappropriate physical contact
  • Staring or leering
  • Repeated sexual or social invitations when the person has already indications that they are not interested
  • Display or distribution of sexually explicit material

The effects of harassment and sexual harassment:

  • Offend
  • Humiliate
  • Intimidate

In New South Wales (and many other places) it is against the law for you to be harassed or sexual harassed because of your:

  • sex
  • pregnancy
  • race (including colour, nationality, descent, ethnic or ethno- religious background)
  • marital status
  • disability ( actual or perceived, past, present or future)
  • age
  • carers responsibilities (actual or presumed, employment only)
  • homosexuality (actual or perceived)
  • transgender (transexuality) (actual or perceived)

See link, NSW Anti Discrimination Board www.lawlink.nsw.gov.au/adb

help and support

Domestic and Family Violence is a crime. There is no excuse for violence. If you or someone you know is a victim of violence or abuse, there is help available. If you are in immediate danger (if your life or your children´s life is being threatened) call 000 (triple zero) and ask for the police or for other help ring the Domestic Violence Line on 1800 65 64 63 from anywhere in NSW, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Translators are available.