The Difference Between Harassment And Assault
People often use the terms “sexual harassment” and “sexual assault” interchangeably. However, harassment and assault differ in important ways and, depending on the circumstances, require different legal approaches to address.
The attorneys at Fuller & Ahern, P.C. offer support and legal counsel to victims of harassment and assault. We know that no legal action will fully erase the pain of such experiences. But we’re here to listen, to offer guidance and to do everything in our power to obtain some measure of justice.
With offices in Parker, we serve throughout Colorado.
What Is Sexual Harassment?
Sexual harassment is a broad legal category referring to unwanted sexual attention. The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) breaks harassment incidents into two primary categories:
- Quid pro quo: Quid pro quo is a Latin phrase meaning “something for something.” Quid pro quo sexual harassment refers to expressed or implied requests for sexual favors, typically by a supervisor at work. In return, the harasser may offer some type of benefit such as a promotion. The harasser may also threaten punishment, including termination, if the sexual favor is not provided.
- Hostile environments: This applies to situations where an individual’s speech or conduct creates an unsafe atmosphere. A broad range of actions create a hostile environment, including crude jokes, requests for dates, inappropriate touching or disparaging comments about your sex.
Harassment can take place in any number of locales — not just the workplace. If you are enduring such behavior, reach out to us for help.
What Is Sexual Assault?
Sexual assault typically refers to incidents involving sexual contact without consent. This conduct may originate through force, intimidation or abusing authority. Common acts of sexual assault may include groping, molestation and rape.
Such behaviors must be addressed swiftly and with the utmost seriousness. If you or someone you know has suffered an assault, it is crucial to contact law enforcement and engage qualified legal help.
Seeking Justice For Survivors And Their Families
We know how difficult it is to talk about such incidents. This is why we are committed to creating a safe, compassionate experience for all our clients.
We will help you understand your rights and outline options to help you move forward. Our firm will strive to protect your privacy while seeking an outcome that holds to account the individuals responsible for their actions.