Sexual harassment is abuse

Overstepping someones boundaries in a sexual manner is sexual abuse. Harassment can be verbal, symbolic, physical or digital. This behavior is always unwelcome and done without the consent of the person being harassed.

Examples of sexual harassment

  • Sexual comments or jokes.
  • Wolf-whistle.
  • Sexual images or messages sent.
  • Unwelcome requests for sexual images.
  • Persistent invitations for dates or sex over consistent rejections.
  • Pats, strokes or other unwelcome touches, over or under clothing.

Sexual harassment can happen in the work place, schools, within institutions, groups of friends, at clubs, during sports or other exercise, online to name a few examples.

Get help

If you feel like your boundaries have been overstepped sexually and you feel bad about it, it is reason enough to look into it, for example with a consultation at Bjarkarhlíð.

How to answer inappropriate messages involving sexual photos

Has someone shared or threatened to share a sexual photo of you? Have you received a dick pic that you didn’t ask for? Here are some ideas for how you could respond. Take screenshots and keep them handy.

Mynd af farsíma sem sýnir svarmynd.

Have you overstepped someone's boundaries?

Bjarkarhlíð

Bjarkarhlíð is a center for people who have experienced abuse. There you get all the support and counseling you need in one place. All assistance is on your terms.

Bjarmahlíð in Akureyri

Bjarmahlíð is a center for people who have experienced abuse. There you get all the support and counseling you need in one place. All assistance is on your terms.

Communication counsellor

A communication counsellor is here to listen, support, and assist you in all cases related to inappropriate behaviour or abuse within organized sports or youth activities.

Sexual abuse

Sexual abuse is when someone touches you inappropriately or sexually or forces you to perform a sexual act against your will. Sexual harassment with words or action is also abuse.

Manneskja heldur fyrir augun. Hún snýr að okkur og mikið liðað hár sveiflast til hægri í vindinum.

Digital sexual abuse

Digital abuse is when someone uses technology or technological devices for sexual harassment and abuse.

Manneskja horfir á símann sinn sem sýnir ólæsileg skilaboð. Hún snýr baki í okkur svo við sjáum á símann í höndunum á henni. Mikið liðað hár sveiflast í vindinum.