Gender bullying is characterised by the following:
- Abusive name calling
- Looks and comments about appearance, attractiveness, emerging puberty etc.
- Inappropriate and uninvited touching
- Sexual innuendoes and propositions
- Pornographic material
- Graffiti with sexual content
In its most extreme form, gender bullying takes the form of sexual assault. Under these circumstances police would normally be involved as these are criminal offences.
Students do not have to be lesbian, gay or bi-sexual to experience this type of bullying. In most cases being different can be enough.
For further information and guidance consult the DfES publication on homophobic bullying “Stand Up for Us”.