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Paper on the Issue of Sexual Harassment

Information about the Issue of Sexual Harassment from the Equal Opportunities Commission (EOC)

Examples of Sexual Harassment

  • Repeated attempts to make a date, despite being told "NO" each time
  • Comments with sexual innuendoes and suggestive or insulting sounds
  • Relentless humour and jokes about sex or gender in general
  • Sexual propositions or other pressure for sex
  • Implied or overt threats for sex
  • Obscene gestures or inappropriate touching (e.g. patting, touching, kissing or pitching)
  • Persistent phone calls or letters asking for a personal sexual relationship
  • Displaying sexually obscene or suggestive photographs or literature
  • Sexual assault or forced sexual intercourse (rape)

What can you do if you are sexually harassed?

Sexual harassment is illegal. Ignoring sexual harassment does not make it go away, but may make it worse because the harasser may misinterpret no response as approval of the behaviour. There are informal and formal strategies that can be done.

  • Speak up at the time. Tell the harasser that his/her behaviour is unwanted and has to stop
  • Keep a written record of the incidents, including dates, time, places, presence of any witnesses, nature of the harassment (what the harasser said and did) and own responses
  • Tell someone you trust
  • Identify an advocate or counsellor who can provide emotional support and information about informal and formal institutional procedures
  • Write a letter/note to harasser
  • Report it officially
  • Complain to the Equal Opportunities Commission
  • Contact the police and/ or file a lawsuit
(Source: Equal Opportunities Commission. Available at http://www.eoc.org.hk/EOC/GraphicsFolder/showcontent.aspx?content=Preventing%20and%20Dealing%20with%20Sexual%20Harassment

Related Policies and Regulations

Resources

Sexual Harassment Seminar on 23 November 2004


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