Non-Physical Sexual Behaviour

Last updated on Apr 8, 2022

Portfolio Keyphrase: Non-physical Sexual Harassment of child

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[Trigger Warning: The following content contains information on sexual and physical violence which some readers may find disturbing.]

Sexual harassment means non-physical sexual behaviour which is unwelcome to the child, such as1:

Speaking and gesturing sexually

  • Speaking, gesturing, or showing sexual organs to  the child.
  • Showing a sexual object or any sexual body parts to a child.
  • Forcing or asking a child to show their body parts to someone else.

Stalking and threatening

  • Repeatedly or constantly following, watching, or contacting a child either directly or indirectly by phone, SMS, the internet, or any other form.
  • Threatening or lying to a child to involve them in a sexual act in any form of media.

Pornography- related

  • Showing pornography to a child.
  • Tempting or persuading a child to participate in pornographic acts.

Sexual harassment of a child is punishable with jail time up to three years along with a fine.2

  1. Section 3, The Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act, 2012.[]
  2. Section 12, The Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act, 2012.[]

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