Unwanted phone calls and messages, visits to home or work, taking personal photographs, unwanted advances and persistent and distressing comments - Protection from Harassment Act Sending indecent, offensive or threatening letter, s, and messages on social media and text - Malicious Communications Act Unwanted touching by someone who is getting sexual gratification, for example on public transport - Sexual Offences Act.
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We should speak to them in primary schools, says Sea. Is the law likely to change? The US scheme helping drive out campus harassment.
She points to the Crime and Disorder Act which includes an offence of harassment motivated by the complainant's religion or race, but not when it's sexual. In some cases, it is a learned behaviour, picked up from those closest to them.
But she admits she worries about how poorly informed our schoolchildren are - with many blaming the victim when a rape scenario is presented. Sarah King says there is a gap in the legislation. Not specifically. That's when it starts, she says, recalling her own schooldays when boys thought it was funny to rip open girls' shirts, put their hands up their skirts, grab their bums and ping their bras.
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A specific criminal offence for sexual harassment would define the behaviour and create clear boundaries once and for all, she says. More on this story. In Nottinghamshire, police began recording misogynistic incidents as hate crimes; until then there was no category for such cases. A proclamation of sexual attraction. Young people have been conditioned through films, music videos, TV programmes, access to porn and the normalisation of sending sexual images on phones, she says.
A weekend of street harassment, mapped. Weinstein wielded great power, able to make or break his alleged victims' careers, but harassment can be just as damaging away from work.
When does flirting become sexual harassment?
Dating expert James believes it's when a man goes too far - whether through what he says or what he does - when a woman clearly doesn't want it. At the end of the first date, he suggests a friendly hug or peck on the cheek. He advises his clients - men and women aged from 23 to 72 - to play it safe by flirting in a playful - not a sexual - way.
But it's about doing it in the right environment, not when people are least expecting it, he says.
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At that age, you talk about boundaries, she explains, and at secondary school they need to know about consent, how to read body language, negotiate situations and to think before sending sexual images of themselves.
And that line between flirtation and harassment is a very fine - and often blurred - one. For example:. Sea, who typically speaks to boys and girls aged between 14 and 17, thinks that until children are told they can say "no" at an earlier age, the problem will not go away. Published 16 October Published 6 October Published 3 November Published 9 December Published 25 March However, the types of behaviour that amount to sexual harassment can be criminalised under different pieces of legislation.
Are you being sexually harassed at work? More than half of women say they have been sexually harassed at work, according to research carried out last year by the TUC. Sea Ming Pak, who works for sexual health charity Brook, blames Western society's sex-sells culture which, she says, breeds entitlement and a blame culture.
In a global debate, the question of how we define sexual harassment is not altogether clear. The Oxford English Dictionary defines sexual harassment as "unwanted sexual advances, obscene remarks, etc". And the Equality Act says it's an "unwanted conduct of a sexual nature" which violates a person's dignity or "creates an intimidating, hostile, degrading or offensive environment".
As the of women making claims against Hollywood film producer Harvey Weinstein grows by the day, women around the world have spoken on social media about their experiences of sexual harassment under the metoo Twitter hashtag.
So how do you ensure you stay on the right side of it?
Is sexual harassment illegal? It is not a criminal offence in its own right, says Sarah King. Sea Ming Pak, who goes into London schools to teach young people about sex and relationships, reels off a long list of what she thinks constitutes sexual harassment: non-consensual touching; feeling entitled to someone else; talking in a certain way; chasing girls down the street in order to chat them up; wolf-whistling and using a position of power or trust to talk in a creepy way.
So how do you ensure you stay on the right side of it? But from the wrong person or at the wrong time, an innuendo-laden text becomes creepy and an unwanted touch can make you feel uncomfortable and ashamed. The force defines those as: "Incidents against women that are motivated by an attitude of a man towards a woman and includes behaviour targeted towards a woman by men simply because they are a woman.
She describes spotting a girl from one of her classes at a bus stop with a boy draping his arm around her and being "handsy". It allows police to investigate the incidents as crimes and support the victims, as well as get a better picture of the scale of the problem. When does flirting become sexual harassment?
A hand resting on the knee. Grassroots pressure is mounting.
That said, anyone being sexually harassed in the workplace is protected by the Equality Act A case is considered a civil - not a criminal - matter and would be dealt with in an employment tribunal. If you want to meet someone, you have to flirt, says relationship expert James Preece.
A petition calling for the Crown Prosecution Service to make misogynistic incidents a hate crime has been ed by more than 65, people. From the right person at the right time, they can make you feel great. A flirty text message.
In school assemblies and classrooms, she tells them when it comes to sex you have to have freedom and the capacity to make the choice. Why do men shout at women in the street?