Today we want to address What Is Sexual Bullying And How Can You Prevent It? In today’s society we have a multitude of laws regarding sexual harassment in the workplace. We also often have protection for our daughters and sons in place in the schools to prevent sexual bullying and harassment, but that doesn’t mean we are without issues of sexual bullying in various forms. With sexual bullying or harassment taking many forms, this can be a subject that we all can relate to. Children, tweens, teens and adults alike share in the struggle to recover from this form of bullying, and today we want to help you to overcome it and prevent it from happening again.
What Is Sexual Bullying And How Can You Prevent It?
Definition: Sexual bullying is a type of bullying that is connected to or involving sex or sexuality.
Examples of Sexual Bullying:
- Gossip about sexual encounters
- Inappropriate touching
- Continued unwelcome sexual advances
- Teasing about sexuality (lack of sexual experience, sexual preferences, gender roles, etc.)
- Intimidation regarding sexual activity
- Lewd or sexually toned comments in the workplace
- Threats against life, job, reputation if victim doesn’t do what bully asks or insinuates
- Locker Room Talk & Peer Pressure
How Can We Prevent it?
- Teach our sons that women are not sexual objects, but valued members of society and equals.
- Teach tolerance and acceptance of all people regardless of race, sex, ethnicity, appearance or sexual preference
- Teach girls and women they are valued beyond their sexuality.
- Create Open Communication in your family so no subject is off limits
- Teach children about sexuality at appropriate ages. Not just basic “how is a baby made”, but about their bodies, what they will feel, experience and how to deal with those hormones and urges appropriately and safely.
- Build high self esteem and help them to care for their bodies so body image is not an issue that makes them feel inferior and end up falling victim.
- Avoid being in compromising places if you are uncertain how to say no or get out of there easily
- Don’t make sex a dirty subject in your home. When tweens and teens feel like it is taboo they are unable to communicate fears, issues and bad situations with you.
With the number of rapes increasing every year, it is important that we teach not only our daughters, but our sons about sexuality and what sexual bullying is. As the LGBT community continues to fight for acceptance, we are also seeing more and more sexual bullying in the form of exclusion and fear tactics regarding homosexuality and other sexual orientations. The best thing we can do for our children and ourselves it to educate them on sexuality and help them to have confidence in themselves. Teaching each other to respect other individuals choices, as well as to respect our own bodies will go a long way toward ridding our world of the epidemic of sexual bullying we currently face.
Have you talked to your kids about sexual bullying? How did you approach the subject?