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While it’s hard to put a label on the emotional impact of any type of unwanted sexual act, the law must have very distinct categories. The main differences among the terms sexual assault, sexual harassment, and sexual abuse are their legal implications – and none of these words can categorize the emotional impact that they have on their victims. All three of these terms involve some form of sexual misconduct.
Here’s a quick rundown of each:
Sexual harassment is a term that describes many nonconsensual acts, including sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, or other kinds of verbal or physical conduct with a sexual implication. Sexual harassment can occur in the workplace, in schools, or in other settings. It can be perpetrated by a supervisor, co-worker, teacher, student, or anyone else in a position of power or authority over the victim.
Some common examples of sexual harassment include:
Sexual assault is sexual contact that occurs without the clear consent of the recipient. Sexual assault can range from unwanted touching to rape. These crimes can be perpetrated by strangers or by people the victim knows, such as a friend, family member, or intimate partner.
Some common examples of sexual assault include:
Sexual abuse is defined as any type of sexual misconduct that involves the use of force, coercion, or manipulation. Sexual abuse can occur in relationships, in families, or in other settings. These crimes are typically perpetrated by someone the victim knows and trusts, such as a family member, friend, or intimate partner.
Some common examples of sexual abuse include:
There are many different types of evidence that can be used to prove sexual misconduct in California. Some common examples include:
If you or someone you know has been the victim of sexual harassment, assault, or abuse, connecting with an attorney to identify and secure high-quality evidence is critical to building a strong case.
After any kind of unwanted sexual advances, be it assault, harassment, or abuse, coming forward is complicated. From other relationships that could be impacted to even caring for the person that hurt you, many find this step difficult. An attorney can help you understand the impact of each step in the process and provide clear insight on what to expect from the court system and its response to what you’ve been through. If you or someone you know has been the victim of sexual harassment, assault, or abuse in California, there are many ways an experienced attorney can help. Some common examples include:
A: Sexual harassment is defined as any unwanted sexual advances or conduct. This can include things like inappropriate comments, unwanted touching, or pressure to engage in sexual activity. Sexual abuse, on the other hand, is defined as any non-consensual sexual contact. This can include things like rape, sexual assault, or child molestation.
A: There are many different types of attorneys who handle sexual assault cases, including criminal defense attorneys, civil rights attorneys, and personal injury attorneys. It’s important to find an attorney who has experience handling the specific type of case you have.
A: Yes, sexual assault is a type of sexual harassment. Sexual harassment can be any unwanted sexual advances or conduct, and sexual assault is defined as any non-consensual sexual contact.
A: The three types of harassment are verbal, physical, and visual. Verbal harassment includes things like comments or jokes that are sexual in nature. Physical harassment includes things like unwanted touching or sexual assault. Visual harassment includes things like leering, making sexually explicit gestures, or displaying sexually explicit images.
Sexual assault, harassment, and abuse are sadly too prevalent in our society. For help understanding your next steps, contact The Law Office of Omid Nosrati today. We are experienced civil rights attorneys who have dedicated our careers to fighting for the rights of victims of sexual harassment, assault, and abuse. Contact us today to begin discussions surrounding your case.