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Know Your Rights: Sexual Assault and Harassment in School

Unfortunately, many students experience some form of sexual assault or sexual harassment in school. In various ways, you can be assaulted or harassed by your teacher, professor, coach, school staff, another faculty member, or even a fellow student or coworker. For this reason, you must know your rights so you can seek justice.

There’s no doubt that sexual assault and harassment are not easy topics to talk about. Some of the following situations might be confusing—especially if you’ve never experienced something like this before. However, in this article, we’ll dig deeper into sexual assault and harassment in school so that you’re aware of your rights. 

Of course, it’s ideal that you speak to the top civil rights attorney to ensure that you take the necessary legal action to help you with your case. 

What is Sexual Harassment?

Sexual harassment is a form of sex discrimination in the workplace. It’s defined as unwanted sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, or other verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature. Essentially, sexual harassment is sexual behavior in a school or workplace that makes you feel uncomfortable or unsafe.

If you feel that you have been harassed, it’s illegal for your school, professor, or your employer to retaliate against you. In fact, the law prohibits them from taking any action against you if you feel uncomfortable. With that being said, you must speak to a civil rights attorney so you can take proper legal action right away. 

What is Sexual Assault?

On the other hand, sexual assault is a form of sexual violence. The offender forces a victim to have sexual contact with the offender against their will. It’s a form of assault that often involves sexual acts such as rape or penetration and violent acts.

To seek justice, you’ll need to tell someone about the assault. However, if you feel uncomfortable speaking to school authorities, it’s best to speak to a civil rights attorney about your case.

What Counts as Sexual Assault and Sexual Harassment?

Sexual assault and harassment can come in various forms. Because of this, it’s important to speak to a legal professional to ensure your case is considered harassment or assault. Here are just a few examples:

  • Unwanted kissing, groping, biting, and other inappropriate contacts;
  • Unwanted requests to show private body parts or expose the private body parts;
  • Unwanted and inappropriate touching, comments, or sexual advances;
  • Verbal and physical threats;
  • Threats to punish you if you don’t comply with the offender’s demands and/or requests;

The Bottom Line: If You’ve Experienced Sexual Harassment or Assault in School, Speak to a Civil Rights Attorney

When it comes to sexual assault or harassment in school, you must speak to a civil rights attorney. After all, you’ll need someone to guide you along the way to ensure you’re protected. That said, the most important thing you can do if you feel that you’ve been assaulted or harassed is to speak to a lawyer and your colleagues.

How Can Zukerberg & Halperin Help You?

If you’ve been assaulted in school or harassed by a professor, student, or coworker, you may have been denied your rights. You may be entitled to money damages in court.

At Zukerberg & Halperin, we have a long and impressive track record of helping victims of workplace sexual assault, and we want to help you too. Our legal team is always ready to fight for your rights and ensure the person who hurt you would be held accountable for their actions.

Looking for a civil rights attorney? Speak to us today!

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