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Sexual harassment is a type of discrimination based on sex. When someone is sexually harassed in school, it can undermine their sense of personal dignity and safety, disrupt their education, and interfere with their ability to reach their full potential in life. If left unchecked, sexual harassment in the school setting has the potential to escalate to violent behaviour, including sexual assault. A student experiencing sexual harassment may stop doing their school work and taking part in school-related activities. They may skip or drop classes, or they may drop out of school entirely. Psychological effects may include anxiety, depression, disrupted sleep, loss of appetite, inability to concentrate, lowered self-esteem, loss of interest in regular activities, social isolation, and feelings of sadness, fear or shame. Some students may abuse drugs and/or alcohol to cope. In extreme cases, students may think about or even attempt suicide. Under the Ontario Human Rights Code, sexual harassment is “engaging in a course of vexatious comment or conduct that is known or ought to be known to be unwelcome.” In some cases, one incident could be serious enough to be sexual harassment. Some examples of sexual harassment are:

asking for sex in exchange for a benefit or a favour repeatedly asking for dates, and not taking “no” for an answer
demanding hugs
making unnecessary physical contact, including unwanted touching
using rude or insulting language or making comments toward girls and women (or boys and men, depending on the circumstances)
calling people sex-specific derogatory names
making sex-related comments about a person’s physical characteristics or actions
saying or doing something because you think a person does not conform to sex-role stereotypes
posting or sharing pornography, sexual pictures or cartoons, sexually explicit graffiti, or other sexual images (including online)
making sexual jokes
bragging about sexual prowess
bullying based on sex or gender
spreading sexual rumours or gossip (including online).

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