What is sexual harassment?

Sexual harassment is defined as :

Any form of unwanted verbal, non‐verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature with the purpose or effect of violating the dignity of a person, in particular when creating an intimidating, hostile, degrading, humiliating or offensive environment.

Vexatious remarks or actions may therefore constitute sexual harassment where the person who is the perpetrator knows or ought to know that such remarks or gestures are inappropriate and constitute sexual advances or unwanted sexual interest.

Examples :

  • Remarks with sexual connotation
  • Unwanted and repeated sexual propositions

  • Repeated remarks on the look, the clothing that make you feel uncomfortable
  • Sexual comments

  • Intrusive and repetitive questions or confidences about privacy
  • Unwanted pressing invitations

  • Sexist insults
  • Promises or threats of a sexual nature

  • Intimate photos taken or spread without your consent

Harassment has multiple psychological and social consequences.  It has an impact on physical and mental health, social relations, career or studies.  At the level of the institution, it degrades the quality of life at work / during studies and constitutes an obstacle to equality.