Someone keeps touching and commenting on my chest
A person I know keeps on touching my chest and it is weird. They also make comments on my chest and it is very irritating. Is this sexual harassment?
You are very welcome to Ask Alex, and thank you for getting in touch with us with your question.
You mentioned that somebody has been making comments about and touching your chest. You say this makes you feel weird and irritated. Would we be right in saying that this behaviour makes you feel uncomfortable? You ask if this type of behaviour is classed as sexual harassment. Sexual harassment is defined as the making of unwelcome and inappropriate sexual remarks or physical advances. Here is an article from the Childline website which may give you some guidance: www.childline.ie/what-to-do-if-you-experience-sexual-harassment/
Nobody has the right to touch your body without your consent or make sexual comments to you that make you feel uncomfortable. We would be concerned to hear that somebody is treating you like this. Well done for getting in touch with us, this is a great first step. It can be helpful to talk to someone about how you feel and have some support moving forward. Do you have a family member that you could talk to about this, or maybe someone you trust outside of your family? It can be hard asking for help; you might find this article useful www.childline.ie/not-sure-how-to-ask-for-help-heres-what-to-do/.
Sometimes it can be hard to talk to people you know about a difficult situation, and it can be easier to speak to somebody you don’t know. Here at Childline we are always here to listen, and you can contact us clicking the orange Live Chat button on the website, or by calling us on 1800 66 66 66. We are available 24 hours a day 7 days a week and would be happy to talk through your concerns and support you in deciding your next steps. The service if free, confidential and non-judgemental.
Take care of yourself, and we hope to hear from you soon,