What are the consequences of ignoring personal boundaries?
If you don’t respect someone’s personal boundaries or if you cross the line into harassment, you could make them feel uncomfortable, embarrassed, upset and even intimidated.
What you might think is just a joke can still upset someone and be considered harassment, so it is important to be sensitive to how your words and actions are being received by the other person.
What are the consequences of sexual harassment?
If you deliberately disregard someone’s personal boundaries or set out to make someone uncomfortable with sexual words or actions, the consequences can be serious and can include getting in trouble with the police.
Sexual harassment can overlap with sexual violence and displays some similar behaviour such as ignoring what someone is communicating to you with their words or body language, unwanted sexual contact, and applying pressure around sexual acts.