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Stop Sexual Harassment


Sexual harassment includes:

(a) Any criminal offense under the Texas Penal Code of a sexual nature, including rape, sexual assault, sexual battery, sexual coercion, or other acts of sexual violence; and

(b) Unwelcomed sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, or verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature when:

(1) submission to such conduct is made either explicitly or implicitly a term or condition of employment or student status or participation in University activities; or

(2) such conduct is sufficiently severe or pervasive that it substantially interferes with an individual's education, employment or participation in University activities, or creates an objectively hostile environment; or

(3) such conduct is intentionally directed towards a specific individual and has the effect of unreasonably interfering with that individual's education, employment, or participation in University activities, or creating an intimidating hostile or offensive environment.

Sexual harassment can be physical or non-physical:

  • Stalking
  • Leering
  • Comments about a person's body
  • Sexist jokes or cartoons
  • Pressure for dates
  • Sexually explicit gestures
  • Sexual innuendoes
  • Unwelcome touching or hugging
  • Hooting, whistling, lip-smacking, and animal sounds
  • Love letters, obscene emails
  • Leaning over, invading a person's space

Common Reactions to Sexual Harassment or Assault

Physical Effects

  • Changes in eating patterns
  • Changes in sleeping patterns
  • Eating Disorders
  • Headaches
  • Nightmares
  • Physical injuries
  • Pregnancy
  • Sexual transmitted diseases
  • Substance abuse

Emotional Effects

  • Anger
  • Anxiety
  • Denial
  • Depression, sadness
  • Fear
  • Mood swings
  • Helplessness
  • Muscular tension
  • Numbness
  • Phobias
  • Embarrassment

Social Effects

  • Changes in lifestyle
  • Difficulty with intimacy
  • Difficulty getting things accomplished
  • Fear of being alone
  • Disruption in sexual relations
  • Discomfort around other people
  • Loss of trust in self and others
  • Fear/nervousness in crowds
  • Withdrawal from people, relationships. activities