Sexual harassment refers to unwelcome sexual gestures or advances that make a person feel humiliated or intimidated usually by an opposite sex.
Sexual harassment presents itself in a very large range of actions of which some may include:
- Making unnecessary eye and body contacts in a way that intimidates an individual or suggests an appeal for sex.
- Inappropriate touching of certain parts of a victim’s body without permission.
- Requesting for sexual favors from a person (usually in a lower ranking position) before he or she can be granted an offer. (E.g. a promotion).
- Repetitively passing unwelcome remarks on a person’s body appearance in a way that makes him or her feel uncomfortable.
- Creation of dirty jokes about a person.
- Making mockery of a person because of his or her sexual orientation.
- Talking or gossiping to others about another fellow’s sexual life.
- Making repetitive requests to another person for a sexual favor despite countless refusals.
- Inappropriate display of sexually elicit content.
Procedure for filing a complaint.
We urge all members of this organization to help us create a healthy and intimidation free work environment for everyone. This can be accomplished when we work hand in hand as a team and report any wrong doings or offenses like sexual harassment that may go on within the work environment. The heads of the organization and designated personnel who have been put in place to deal with such situations promise to deal with reports in the most confidential way possible.
Below are the ways a sexual harassment complaint can be reported in our organization:
- Requesting for an urgent meeting with a head of department or any other designated person in authority. The victim is encouraged to be as open as possible during the meeting and should also do well to present all evidences and relevant details that can aid in the investigation process.
- Sending a report via email. In situations where a victim would rather not have a one on one meeting with a designated person, he/she can opt to file a complaint via email. All relevant details such as screenshots, images or any other pieces of evidence should be added as an attachment to the email.
- In more serious and exceptional cases like sexual assault, the victim should not hesitate in calling the police as soon as possible.
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