Harassment is unwanted, unwelcome and rude behavior that makes you feel intimidated, victimized, uncomfortable, embarrassed, and threatened. It creates an intimidating, hostile or offensive environment for employment, study or social life.
When this includes unwanted and unwelcome sexual advances, request for sexual favors or other verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature, it is called Sexual Harassment.
Rape, molestation, incest, etc. are the most severe forms of sexual harassment.
Sexual harassment can happen anywhere – in the street, at a club, at an interview, in a shop, school, college, bazaar, waiting at a red light, bus stop, restaurant, airport, hence any public place, and at work.
No, females can sexually harass men as well, men can sexually harass other men, and women can sexually harass other women – there is no gender bias in harassers.
In Pakistan these incidents are not reported, they are common happenings and each individual has their own way of dealing with it, but please do remember you are not alone.
If you think that any of your actions contribute to being harassed you might feel deep guilt at having brought the circumstances on yourself. You might blame yourself. Feeling guilty and blaming yourself only gives the harasser power.
It is important to remember that harassment doesn’t happen because you invited it! It is nothing you did, wore, or said that invited harassment.
Its okay to feel scared, angry and threatened and its okay to feel sad or angry about being picked on – but don’t feel responsible or blame yourself for it.
Extreme forms of sexual harassment can also lead to RAPE .
Is there anyone in Pakistan doing something about this issue?
The Karachi-based organization Lawyers for Human Rights and Legal Aid (LHRLA) raises awareness and provides legal aid to (women victims) of sexual harassment.
Lawyers for Human rights & Legal Aid
Opp. Sindh Assembly Building
UAN – 111-911-922
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com
There is a comprehensive Code for Gender Justice at the Workplace. For details see