Sometimes speaking up is pretty straightforward. If you've ever challenged a queue-jumper in a shop or complained about bad food in a restaurant, you'll know that it felt good to get your point of view across. But some things, like sexual harassment, are much harder to speak up about. These situations can be upsetting – and getting help can be confusing. Here are three top tips if you think you might have a problem:
Don't suffer in silence
If you're uncomfortable with the way you are treated at work and you think it might be sexual harassment, don't wait until things gets worse. Your employer has a duty to protect your health and safety at work. They might have a confidential helpline you can use. If not, get advice and support from Safeline.
You don't have to put up with banter
Sexual harassment is any unwanted behaviour that is of a sexual nature. It's illegal under the Equality Act 2010. You can find out more about sexual harassment and how it's defined from Citizens Advice.
Speak up about online harassment
More and more sexual harassment takes place online and on social media. A recent study of the Twitter accounts of 150 women in the public eye found that 12 per cent of tweets they receive are gender-specific slurs, threats, or sexual harassment. You can report sexual harassment on social media to the social media channel (such as Twitter, Facebook, etc). Or if you are being threatened, you can report this to the police through the 101 telephone service. For more information, visit Victim Support.