Sexual harassment: The other side of the coin
Sexual harassment refers to bullying or coercion of a sexual nature, or the unwelcome or inappropriate promise of rewards in exchange for sexual favours. It can include unwelcome sexual advances. In most legal contexts, sexual harassment is illegal. It is unlawful to harass a person (an applicant or employee) based on that person’s sex.
In the workplace, harassment can be considered illegal when it is so severe that it creates a hostile or offensive work environment. The legal and social understanding of sexual harassment, however, varies by culture. In case of employment, the harasser can be the victim’s supervisor, a co-worker, a client or customer. Sexual harassment can happen to any sex or gender.
It may also occur in a variety of circumstances – in workplaces and schools. Often but not always, the perpetrator is in a position of power or authority over the victim. With the advent of the Internet, social interactions including sexual harassment, increasingly occur online. One difficulty in understanding sexual harassment is that it involves a range of behaviours. In most cases, the victim is often at a loss to describe what they experienced.
Harassers can be either public or private. Public harassers are flagrant in their seduction and do not care about witnesses to their advances. Private harassers act careful and are restrained around