Sexual Bullying and Healthy Relationships

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 contact CEOP.


Every day women and girls face discrimination, poverty and violence just because they are female. Womankind are working to change that.


DCSF Safe to Learn- Guidance for Schools on responding to sexist- sexual and transphobic bullying
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This guide, created by the charity Womankind, aims to explain what sexual bullying means and why sexual bullying happens - because of gender inequality. The guide also hopes to support young people to play an active role in making their school a safer, more equal place.

Preventing Violence, Promoting Equality, Act Now
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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.

Doncaster Growing Futures

Individuals affected by domestic/sexual violence and abuse can access a helpline and be signposted to other local services in Doncaster. Young People Advocates are available through Growing Futures to support young people experiencing pressure based on sexual bullying or where this is linked to domestic abuse.

Doncaster Domestic Abuse
Provides a range of services for anyone affected by domestic abuse, and also for professionals working with families.
The Doncaster Education Safeguarding Team has forged links with the Doncaster CSE team.  The CSE team will be rolling out a primary sexual bullying/CSE awareness progaramme next term.  Locally the team also have links to Barnado's Buddy Programme and work with Big Talk Education.

Whether you are experiencing domestic abuse yourself, concerned about a relative or friend, or want help to change your own behaviour, you will find information and details of services that can help.

  • This is ABUSE

    In the face of recent research the government has launched a teen relationship abuse campaign and website called This is Abuse. Alongside information on what constitutes abuse, the site, which is funded by the Home Office, uses charities such as Women's Aid and ChildLine to provide live web chats and forums to offer expert advice.

  • Freedom Charity

    Empowering young people to feel they have the tools and confidence and support around the issues of family relationships which can lead to early and forced marriage and dishonour based violence.

  • Broken Rainbow UK

    The LGBT domestic violence charity.


Forced Marriage - an awareness raising educational animation

  • Forced marriage animation

    Muslim Women's Network UK have produced this short, animated animation about the dangers of forced marriage and how to seek help and support. This link opens up You Tube.


Last updated: 10 February 2017 14:46:15