April 11, 2014 “Sexual harassment” and “sexual assault” are terms we hear in news stories and perfunctory meetings lead by the Human Resources team. For those who may have been convicted of inappropriate behavior that is sexual in nature, these are very serious matters that could affect the rest of their daily lives. It’s important to provide some definitions of these behaviors — how they are alike and how they are different — as well as what legal rights you have if you have been accused. HOW THEY ARE ALIKE Both sexual harassment and sexual assault are sexual behaviors one person considers to be unwanted and uninvited. Both are personal violations that could potentially result in physical or emotional harm to the victim. Either one could occur in a single episode or over the course of time (by degree) with repeated incidents. DEFINITIONS Sexual harassment is a form of sex discrimination that involves unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, or other verbal and physical conduct of a sexual nature. This could be verbal comments, obscene or explicit emails or texting, physical touching, unwanted requests to perform sexual favors. Sexual assault is rape, forcible sodomy (oral or anal), aggravated, abusive, or unwanted sexual contact. Sexual assault is also any attempt to commit any of these acts. Lack of verbal consent is considered to be no consent. Sexual harassment is covered under Equal Opportunity laws and occurs in work environments or school settings. Sexual assault is a criminal act that can occur anywhere. GETTING HELP If you have been accused of sexual assault or sexual harassment, you need the kind of discretion you can trust and the kind of bold initiative to seek justice that you can depend on. The Nahajski Firm believes that we can help improve your situation. Through careful preparation and research, we will build aggressive defense strategies designed to protect you and your rights. Contact the experienced and knowledgeable team of sex crime defense attorneys at The Nahajski Firm today. Contact us online or call 206-621-0500 to schedule a free initial consultation. We will work hard to keep your future free of the stigma of a sex crimes conviction. Every case has its own unique problems, consequences, and opportunities. No two cases are alike. We encourage you to call and speak personally to a lawyer about the details of your unique circumstances. Contact us online or call 206-621-0500 to schedule a free initial consultation with a dedicated sex crimes defense attorney.