CARDIFF's ONE STOP SPECIALIST SERVICE FOR WOMEN EXPERIENCING VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN PARTICULARLY DOMESTIC ABUSE AND SEXUAL VIOLENCE

STALKING AND HARASSMENT

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If you are experiencing any unwanted attention that is sexual such as touching, groping, name calling, or sexual comments, you may be experiencing sexual harassment. Sexual Harassment can take place anywhere. It can happen in your workplace, at school or in the street.

Sexual harassment is any unwanted behaviour of a sexual nature and can be perpetrated by people you know such as a partner, colleague or friend, or by a stranger. Sexual harassment can be threatening, and can make you feel very uncomfortable.

Sexual Harassment can be:

Verbal…
Comments about your body, name calling, unwelcome propositions, threats (whether carried out or not) and sexual jokes that you find offensive.

Written…
Sexual notes, letters or texts , threatening or sexual e-mails.

Physical…
Unwanted touching, grabbing, rubbing, sexual gestures or threatening staring.

If you are experiencing sexual harassment at work, you have a legal right under the Sex Discrimination Act to take action. If you feel you have been sacked or forced to resign from your job as a result of harassment, you may also have a claim for unfair dismissal.

A lot of people think stalking is something that just happens to celebrities, but the reality is that it can happen to anyone.

Stalking can be defined as persistent and unwanted attention that makes you feel pestered and harassed. It includes behaviour that happens two or more times, directed at or towards you by another person, which causes you to feel alarmed or distressed or to fear that violence might be used against you.

What makes the problem particularly hard to cope with is that it can go on for a long period of time, making you feel constantly anxious and afraid. Sometimes the problem can build up slowly and it can take a while for you to realise you are caught up in an ongoing campaign of abuse.

The problem isn’t always ‘physical’ — stalking can affect you psychologically as well. Social media and the internet are often used for stalking and harassment, and ‘cyber-stalking’ or online threats can be just as intimidating. If you've been affected by cyber-stalking, you can get more information and safety tips from Get Safe Online.

If you’re experiencing persistent and unwanted attention, and the behaviour is making you feel fearful, harassed or anxious, then you are a victim of stalking. It’s not something that you should have to live with, and we're here to help you.

Stalking is often also an element of domestic violence/abuse particularly from ex-partners.

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