PREVENTION OF HARASSMENT What is Harassment? Harassment is inappropriate unwanted behavior which disturbs someone. To harass is to insult, grab, aggravate, frighten, tease, taunt, threaten, bully, and/or stalk. Harassment can make us feel uncomfortable, embarrassed, isolated, and angry. Harassment can also make us feel sick, weepy or like sleeping all the time. Harassment is an act of discrimination based on prejudice. Harassment is mean, harmful, illegal, and doesn't belong on or off campus. If someone is doing something to you, or saying something about you, that you are disturbed by or feel uncomfortable about, it's probably harassment. We have the right to be safe. No one has the right to touch us unless we say it's OK. Even if someone is "just joking," if it disturbs the target or spectators of the action, it is still harassment, because mean jokes can be harassing too. Types of Harassment or Discrimination In Canada it is illegal to discriminate against anyone based on grounds outlined in the Canadian Human Rights Act such as race, national or ethnic origin, colour, religion, age, sex, sexual orientation, marital status, family status, disability and conviction for which a pardon has been granted. •Sexual:unwanted, unwelcome sexual comments or actions, including unwanted touching, sexual insults, staring, unwanted "compliments" that make the target uncomfortable, and sexual rumor spreading. •Racial:racist comments and attacks on someone's skin color, language, or national origin. •Sexual Orientation:anti-gay, anti-bisexual, anti-lesbian, anti-trans gender harassment and homophobia: calling someone a "faggot" or calling something you don't like, "gay" or "queer." Homophobia also includes excluding someone based on their actual or perceived sexual orientation, graffiti using terms associated with the gay/lesbian community, name calling, or "outing" someone without their consent.