First Job? Know The Difference Between Sexual Assault And Sexual Harassment

Posted on: 23 March 2020

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If you have just received your first job you are likely excited. Things will likely go great for you, but there is always a chance that you will be sexually assaulted or sexually harassed. This can happen no matter if you are a woman or a man. Below is information about each of these so you will know what you should do.

Sexual Assault

Grabbing someone in any way is considered sexual assault. This could be grabbing you by your arm, or by your waist. Someone may put their arm around you without your consent. If someone makes you give them or makes you receive oral sex, this is also considered sexual assault. 

The person that commits these acts may play it down like nothing happened or they may say it is all your fault. This could be because you wore clothing that showed too much skin. No matter what is said, however, sexual assault is a crime and is never the victim's fault. 

Sexual Harassment

If someone in your workplace makes jokes that are sexual in nature to you, this is considered sexual harassment. Other things that are sexual harassment are someone making catcalls to you, making sexual comments about your clothing or body, refer to you in a sexual nature, such as calling you sugar, babe, hunk, honey, and more.  Asking you anything about sex or asking you out repeatedly after you have told the person no is harassment. The person may tell lies about you regarding your personal life, or make sounds such as kissing, smacking lips, or howling. 

Someone at work may text you or email you with sexual jokes or offering you sex. The person may send you sexual pictures. If someone repeatedly asks you out through social media that is in sexual nature this is sexual harassment.

What to Do if This Happens to You

If you are sexually assaulted or sexually harassed, you need to hire a sexual assault attorney immediately. First, this attorney can gather proof that you were assaulted or harassed. With assault, the attorney may ask you to see a doctor if the act just happened to get tests that can show proof. The attorney may interview people in your workplace to see if anyone witnessed the assault or harassment. 

The attorney can call the police and have the person that assaulted or harassed you arrested. The attorney can then take this person to court to do their best to ensure they get the proper jail time. 

For more information, contact a firm with sexual assault attorneys in your area, such as Wilder Law Firm.