Person (A) harasses another (B) if (a) A engages in unwanted conduct related to a relevant protected characteristic, and(b) the conduct has the purpose or effect of (i) violating B's dignity, or(ii) creating an intimidating, hostile, degrading, humiliating or offensive environment for B. A also harasses B if (a) A engages in unwanted conduct of a sexual nature, and(b) the conduct has the purpose or effect referred to in subsection (1)(b).
Legal provisions on protection orders
Sexual Offences Prevention Order [SOPO] (or Interim SOPO made on application by police) and Risk of Sexual Harm Order [RSHO]
Equality Act 2010,Section 26A
UK law distinguishes between gender harassment (art 26 sub 1 (j. sub 5 “sex”) and sexual harassment (section 26 sub 2).
The relevant protected characteristics are: age, disability, gender reassignment, race, religion or belief, sex and sexual orientation.