1. What is sexual harassment:
- Sexual harassment can take many forms and may include but is not limited to:
- physical contact such as fondling, pinching, touching, grabbing, kissing
- repeated requests for dates
- requests for sexual favours
- sexual gestures and body movements
- smutty jokes and comments
- leering and staring
- questions about a person's sex life
- sex based insults
- displays of sexually graphic material
It however, does not cover consensual or mutual conduct of a sexual nature.
2. What are the consequences of enacting sexual harassment?
Depending on the severity of the case, implications can range from making an apology and counselling, to being charged for a criminal offence. In this case, you can seek legal advice by starting here. Suspension of a driver's authority may result in some cases.
3. What do I do if I feel like I have been sexually harassed?
Any individual who feel they have been sexually harassed has the right to make a formal complaint to the Anti-Discrimination Commission Queensland or the Australian Human Rights Commission. In the case of criminal offences, the individual should seek legal aid from the following organisations:
- Legal Aid Queensland
- LawRight Self Representation Service (QCAT)
- Cairns Community legal Centre
- Basic Rights Queensland
- Workplace Health and Safety Queensland, or
- Australian Human Rights Commission