Spot and stop unwanted sexual behaviour at school

School should be a space where every learner feels safe and is able to learn. Sometimes learners find themselves being afraid to go to school because of unwanted sexual behaviour. It doesn't matter if you are a boy or girl, this is called sexual harassment. Sexual harassment is when:

  • Someone asks you to do something sexual (like kissing or touching) to them that you are not comfortable doing.
  • Someone wants to do something sexual to you and do not want them to do.
  • Someone says things that are sexual to you or about you, making you feel uncomfortable.
  • Someone makes sexual jokes about the way you look that make you uncomfortable.

This sexual harassment usually comes with threats. For example, if the person is an educator, they may threaten to fail you if you do not agree to do something sexual with them. Sometimes the person may offer to give you something in return, like money or gifts.

This behaviour is wrong and against the law. No one has the right to touch you if you don't want them to, even if they are an educator. Unwanted sexual behaviour can lead to low self-esteem, emotional and learning problems. Do not suffer in silence! The person harassing you could continue to hurt you. Do something to stop them by telling a trusted adult.

Read more B-Wise articles about different kinds of abuse here.

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