In the Project deSHAME report , online sexual harassment is defined as unwanted sexual conduct on any digital platform and it is recognised as a form of sexual violence. Online sexual harassment encompasses a wide range of behaviours that use digital content images, videos, posts, messages, pages on a variety of different platforms private or public. It can make a person feel threatened, exploited, coerced, humiliated, upset, sexualised or discriminated against. This report specifically focuses on peer-to-peer online sexual harassment taking place between young people. In this report online sexual harassment has been categorised in four main types.
Whilst online sexual harassment can happen between adults and children, this hot topic focuses on peer-to-peer harassment taking place between young people. Online sexual harassment has been categorised in four main types. These different behaviours are often experienced simultaneously and can overlap with offline experiences of sexual harassment. A person receiving sexual threats, being coerced to participate in sexual behaviour online, or blackmailed with sexual content. A person being targeted by, and systematically excluded from, a group or community with the use of sexual content that humiliates, upsets or discriminates against them. The following advice is based on what young people have told us through focus groups and a youth survey of over respondents.
These resources aim to increase reporting of online sexual harassment among minors and improve multi-sector cooperation in preventing and responding to this behaviour. Gender equality comes in many forms, and at Childnet we are passionate about making sure that the online world is not only a safe one, but also a positive space where all young people are free to express themselves. We know the impact of being sexually harassed online not only has a deep impact on those being targeted but can also allow a harmful, silencing culture to develop where others are worried they could become future targets. Next week, on 14 th March, we will be launching ground-breaking new resources for schools to deliver long-needed education on this issue. Behaviour that might be natural expressions of sexuality can be used against girls in a way that is different to boys.
Many forms of harassment can occur in the workplace. From religion to sexual harassment, some of your employees may feel discriminated against by some of their co-workers. It can be easy to think that once everyone goes home, you no longer have to worry about people feeling uncomfortable. However, the advent of the Internet has made it possible for people to harass others any time they want.