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What is discrimination?

Discrimination is when someone is treated differently, unfairly or worse because your age, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, intersex status, being pregnant or have a child, your religion or beliefs, your race, skin colour or where you were born. See Sex Discrimination Act 1984.

Examples of bullying, harassment and abuse

  • Having your sexuality, sex characteristics or gender ‘outed’ by someone.
  • Being shamed or called names, including insults relating to your sexuality, sex characteristics or gender.
  • Someone sharing nude or intimate images of you without your consent.
  • Someone encouraging you to hurt yourself.
  • Someone spreading rumours and lies about you.
  • Someone repeatedly sending you unwanted messages.
  • Someone threatening to do any of the above.

For more information

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