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What is Sexual Bullying?

Any bullying behaviour, whether physical or non-physical, that is based on a person's sexuality or gender. It is when sexuality or gender is used as a weapon by boys or girls towards other boys or girls – although it is more commonly directed at girls. It can be carried out to a person's face, behind their back or through the use of technology.

For example:

  • Teasing or putting someone down because of:
    • their sex life (e.g. because they haven't had sex or if they've had sex with a number of people)
    • their sexuality (e.g. making fun of someone because they are or are perceived to be homosexual)
    • their body (e.g. the size of their breasts, bottom or muscles)
  • Using words that refer to someone's sexuality in a derogatory way (like calling something 'gay' to mean that it is not very good)
  • Using sexual words to put someone down (like calling someone 'slut' or 'bitch')
  • Making threats or jokes about serious and frightening subjects like rape
  • Spreading rumours about someone's sexuality and sex life – including graffiti, texts and online
  • Touching parts of someone's body that they don't want to be touched
  • Putting pressure on someone to act in a sexual way

If you wish to report concerns about child sexual abuse and/or exploitation, please click on the CEOP button below:

Websites

Documents

Healthy relationships and relationship abuse

Abuse is not normal and never ok. If you are in a relationship with someone, you should feel loved, safe, respected and free to be yourself. There are different forms of abuse, which you can find out about below, but if your relationship leaves you feeling scared, intimidated or controlled, it's possible you're in an abusive relationship.

Resources

'Trapped'- A healthy relationship resource

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Leicestershire's Anti-Bullying Team have launched a groundbreaking new DVD resource. 'Trapped' is suitable for an audience of young people in Year 10 and above or age 15+. Developed to explore the issues of healthy and abusive relationships with young people.
The resource is now available, free of charge to all Leicestershire Schools. Independent schools/academies will be required to pay for a copy. This can be done by filling in the order form below:

Forced Marriage - an awareness raising educational animation

See these other useful websites

  • Anti-Bullying Alliance Network
    National Children's Bureau
    NSPCC
    Healthy Schools