Profile - Eliza Wheeler. Photo: Alistair Brightman / Fraser Coast Chronicle
Profile - Eliza Wheeler. Photo: Alistair Brightman / Fraser Coast Chronicle Alistair Brightman

OPINION: Sexual harassment should not be common place

UNFORTUNATELY as a woman, sexual harassment is a part of life.

It can be wolf whistles or comments like "nice tits!" being yelled at you from a passing car, or a groping hand at your thigh or chest in a nightclub- sometimes from the security guard.

On Sunday morning at about 6.50am, it was a series of five phone calls from a man, with a hidden phone number, who only referred to himself as "Mark."

Mark told me he was "horny" and he "wanted me to do something about it."

His aggressive message and persistent calls left me uneasy to say the least, and I still have no idea who is was or how he got my number.

But this isn't a rare event, sexual harassment happens to a LOT of women every day.

Nearly one in five complaints received by the Australian Human Rights Commission under the Sex Discrimination Act 1984 related to sexual harassment.

To all the men out there who think this isn't an issue for them- this could be your mother, your girlfriend, your sister or your daughter.

Let me make this clear to "Mark" and other people who think it's acceptable to sexually harass others:

It is NOT flattery.

It does NOT make us want to have sex with you. Ever.

It is NOT acceptable behaviour.



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