Sexual Bullying

We define sexual bullying as:

“Any bullying behaviour, whether physical or non-physical, that is based on a person’s sexuality or gender”.

For example:

  • Using someone’s sexuality as a weapon or using words that refer to someone’s sexuality as a general put down (like calling something “gay”, directed as an insult)
  • Using sexual words to put someone down (like calling someone a slut)
  • Making threats or jokes about serious and frightening subjects like rape or sexual abuse
  • It can include degrading remarks or gestures, being stared at or being subjected to sexual jokes.
  • Sexual bullying can happen face to face, behind someone’s back or via technology (e.g. msn, facebook, email, texting).

Cyber bullying is serious. Break the silence, you don’t have to suffer alone.

Did you know?

In March 2011, we asked students from our local college to complete a questionnaire about the misuse of images online and by text.

Of the 153 participants, 51% were aware of explicit images of themselves or others being distributed online or via text message. Of these, only 9% said that they thought consent had been given. What do you think of this?

If you are have been affected by sexual bullying you don’t have to cope with this on your own. Our trained workers are here to offer you support you with your feelings. Click here to be directed to our contact details.