First, what classifies sexual harassment?

Sexual harassment is a form of gender discrimination that involves unwelcome sexual advances, sexual innuendo, request for sexual favors, and other verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature.

Sexual assault and sexual harassment are not the same, although they are related to each other.

Two types of sexual harassment:

Quid pro quo
Refers to conditions placed on a person’s career or terms of employment in return for sexual favors.

Hostile environment
Sexual harassment occurs when a person is subjected to offensive, crude, unwanted, and unsolicited comments and behavior of a sexual nature that interferes with that person’s performance or creates an intimidating, hostile or offensive working environment.

What can I do?

In the event of sexual harassment:

In order to stop sexual harassment, you can make an informal, formal, or anonymous complaint.  Informal complaints are encouraged but not required prior to making a formal complaint.

If the behavior persists, file a formal sexual harassment complaint through your brigade SHARP representative. If you are a civilian, report the incident to your Equal Employment Opportunity office