What is harassment?
Sexual harassment is not simple to define as a list of behaviours, but it can be anything that makes your customers or employees feel uncomfortable, most generally either verbal or physical sexual behaviour towards a person without consent.
Sexist, homophobic or transphobic slurs
Persistent requests for someone’s name, number or destination after they’ve said no
Sexual names, comments and demands
Taking photos without consent
While our training explores harassment in the context of sexual violence, it is critical to acknowledge that harassment is a form of power based violence, and people can be targeted for a variety of reasons, many of which intersect.“Power based personal violence is rooted in the assertion of power, control and/or intimidation with the intent to harm another (source)." Harassment therefore can be rooted in ableism, racism, xenophobia, classism, homophobia, transphobia, slutshaming, body shaming islamophobia , or any variety of combinations.
Wow, that's awful. How often is it happening?
Too often. 43% of Canadian women have been harassed at work. 67% of all Canadians say they personally know at least one woman who has been sexually or physically assaulted. And stories like this, this, this, and this are unfortunately all too common.
77% of stalking victims are women.
21% of people between 18 and 34 incorrectly believe sending an explicit photo, text or email counts as consent.
45% of perpetrators were identified as a casual acquaintance or friend. Statistics Canada 2011.
25% of sexual assaults against women were committed by a stranger.
1,397 sexual assaults occur in Canada every day.
Alcohol is the most common substance in Drug Facilitated Sexual Assault and that 1 in 5 sexual assaults are drug facilitated and that there are a variety of drugs, including alcohol, used by perpetrators to incapacitate their victims.
YeaH but, is it that bad in Vancouver? Do we really need something like GNO?
Incidents of non-penetration sexual assaults (i.e. a grope, grab or kiss) are on the rise in Vancouver.
Most of the assaults are committed by strangers to the victim
The most vulnerable age groups are those in over-25 years and the 19-to-24 age group categories
Sexual assaults occur mainly during the late evening and early morning
Alcohol in some capacity, was involved in about 31 to 43% of sexual assaults incidents over the last three years.