Categories of Sexual Harassment

  1. Verbal. Examples of verbal sexual harassment may include telling sexual jokes; using sexually explicit profanity, threats, sexually oriented cadences, or sexual comments; whistling in a sexually suggestive manner; and describing certain attributes of one’s physical appearance in a sexual manner. Verbal sexual harassment may also include using terms of endearment such as "honey," “babe," “sweetheart," “dear," “stud" or “hunk" in referring to Soldiers, Civilian co-workers, or Family Members.
  2. Nonverbal. Examples of nonverbal sexual harassment may include physical conduct, such as cornering or blocking a passageway, staring at someone (that is, “undressing someone with one’s eyes"); blowing kisses; winking or licking one’s lips in a suggestive manner. Nonverbal sexual harassment also includes printed material (for example, displaying sexually oriented pictures or cartoons); using electronic communications as defined in AR 600-20 Chapter, 4-19; posts on any social media platform; or sending sexually oriented notes, letters, emails or texts.
  3. Physical contact. Examples of physical sexual harassment may include touching, patting, pinching, bumping, grabbing, kissing or providing unsolicited back or neck rubs. Unwanted physical contact may be reported as sexual harassment or sexual assault and must be handled in accordance with this policy depending on the conduct being reported. Any complaint that involves unwanted physical contact, that is not clearly sexual assault, must be coordinated with the supporting legal office to ensure it does not meet the legal definition of sexual assault and require additional advocacy coordination with the original complainant. The SARC will conduct this coordination in such a manner that does not reveal PII and preserves the restricted reporting option for victims of sexual assault. If the supporting legal office advises that the physical contact does or could upon further investigation meet the legal definition of sexual assault, the servicing full-time brigade-level SARC must advise the complainant that the sexual harassment complaint must be handled as a sexual assault, explain the victim’s options for restricted and unrestricted sexual assault reporting and clearly describe the required response protocol for each type of report. Unwanted physical touching that does not meet the legal definition of sexual assault may still be addressed using the sexual harassment complaint process.