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How Sexual Harassment is Different Than Sexual Assault

May is Sexual Harassment Awareness Month. April was Sexual Assault Awareness Month. How are sexual harassment and sexual assault different?

May is Sexual Harassment Awareness Month

May is Sexual Harassment Awareness Month

Los Angeles, CA (Law Firm Newswire) May 11, 2017 – Sexual harassment and sexual assault are illegal offenses that are easily confused. They differ, however, in significant ways. In general, sexual harassment refers to harassment in the workplace, or other professional situation, which includes sexual remarks or unwelcome sexual advances. Sexual assault, on the other hand, refers to non-consensual sexual touching of a person, or a sexual act in which a person is coerced or forced to engage against their will.

One main distinction between sexual harassment and sexual assault is that sexual harassment is directly linked to the victim’s employment or school. Sexual assault, on the other hand, is a criminal offense that can occur in any place or situation. Also, sexual harassment is a civil rights issue, while sexual assault is criminal assault of a sexual nature.

Another main distinction is that sexual harassment does not always involve physical contact, but sexual assault does. While sexual harassment can involve physical contact, it can also involve verbal harassment of a sexual nature.

Sexual harassment is a form of gender discrimination that is unlawful under state and federal law. Forms of sexual harassment can include unwanted sexual advances, sexual requests, or other verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature. Some examples include requests for sexual favors, sexually explicit language or photographs displayed in the workplace, verbal harassment of a sexual nature, unwanted touching, unwelcome sexual advances or physical acts of sexual assault.

There are two types of sexual harassment: quid pro quo and hostile environment. Quid pro quo sexual harassment refers to making conditions on a victim’s employment dependent on sexual favors. A hostile environment occurs when a person is subjected to unwanted sexual remarks or behavior that is so severe or pervasive that it negatively affects a person’s work performance or creates a hostile, intimidating and/or offensive work environment. In this case, the victim does not necessarily need to be the person at whom the sexual behavior is directed.

In contrast, sexual assault occurs when sexual behavior or contact is engaged without the victim’s explicit consent, including when the victim is unable to give consent. Some activities that fall under the definition of sexual assault include forced sexual intercourse or forced penetration of the victim’s body (also known as rape), forcible sodomy, forcing the victim to perform sexual acts, child molestation, incest, fondling or unwanted touching, and attempted rape.

Examples of conduct that can take place during sexual assault include physical force, violence, intimidation or threats, ignoring the victim’s objections, taking advantage of a person who is too intoxicated to offer consent (including voluntary intoxication) or intoxicating a person (through drugs or alcohol) in order to take advantage of them.

Victims of sexual assault should seek medical attention right away. Victims of sexual violence should consider seeking support from a local sexual violence center, hospital and police.

One thing that sexual harassment and sexual assault have in common? It is never the victim’s fault. If you have been a victim of sexual harassment, consider calling an attorney like Strong Advocates who can help you get the justice you deserve.

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Houston Bar Association to Honor Ajamie LLP Attorneys Courtney Scobie, Ryan van Steenis

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Houston, TX (Law Firm Newswire) May 11, 2017 – Ajamie LLP is pleased to announce that the Houston Bar Association (HBA) will recognize two of the firm’s attorneys at the HBA’s Annual Dinner meeting on May 18 at the River Oaks Country Club in Houston.

Bar Association President Neil Kelly will recognize Courtney Scobie with the President’s Award for her participation in HBA’s AIDS Outreach Program. Ms. Scobie chairs the Outreach Committee, which is responsible for providing holiday gifts for families affected by HIV or AIDS and for hosting the Spring Luncheon for residents of Bering Omega House. In her capacity as Senior Counsel at Ajamie LLP, Courtney’ s practice is focused on complex commercial litigation in state and federal courts and federal government investigations.

Her efforts with the Bar Association’s AIDS Outreach Program are part of the firm’s longstanding commitment to combating the AIDS crisis. Ajamie LLP is also an active supporter of the American Foundation for Aids Research (amfAR). Founded in 1985, amfAR is dedicated to ending the global AIDS epidemic through innovative research.

Ryan van Steenis will receive the President’s Award for participating on the CLE Committee as an Online Subcommittee Co-Chair. The Bar Association’s Continuing Legal Education program offers an array of legal education courses to new and seasoned attorneys in the greater Houston Area. As an associate with the firm, Mr. van Steenis provides our clients with considerable experience in resolving complex commercial litigation and business disputes.

Please join us in congratulating Courtney and Ryan on May 18 at the Annual Dinner Meeting. Additional information on the event can be found on HBA’s website here.

About the Firm

Ajamie LLP is a unique, boutique litigation law firm with a proven track record of large recoveries for victims of financial fraud at trials and arbitrations as well as a long history of defending corporations in complex commercial litigation. The firm is also widely recognized for providing cross-border representation in complex business litigation matters and has the skills and resources to represent clients worldwide.


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