Employment Law

Is Verbal Sexual Harassment a Crime?

Workplace sexual harassment is more common than you might think. There’s a strong possibility you know someone who has been subjected to workplace sexual harassment or have been a victim yourself, but you may not be aware of it. There are many different types of sexual harassment that can be found. The word “sexual assault” refers to a wide range of actions, not just physical touch. One of the most common forms of sexual harassment is verbal harassment, which can result in job loss in some situations. Fortunately, if you have strong legal representation, you can seek employment reinstatement after unjust termination.

What is verbal sexual abuse?

This refers to the use of sexually explicit language in an attempt to sexually advance or harass a victim in the context of verbal sexual assault. Verbal sexual assault takes the form of passive-aggressive statements about a person’s appearance or sexual activities. A perpetrator who threatens or sexually attacks a victim, for example, may be more outspoken in his or her attempts to exert dominance over the victim.

The following are some instances of verbal sexual abuse:

  • Comments or innuendos that are sexually explicit or suggestive
  • Words that are sexually explicit or provocative
  • Asking or demanding someone else to accompany you on a date
  • Putting someone down in front of others
  • Giving someone an unflattering critique on their physique
  • Negative or discriminating words and phrases that are abusive or offensive
  • Name-calling or sexually offensive nicknames
  • Sexual noises, including lip-smacking or kissing sounds
  • Sexually explicit emails
  • Sexting
  • Awkward pictures/memes/GIFS
  • Sexual threats
  • A parent engaging in sexually explicit talk with a youngster

Long-term consequences may befall a victim of verbal sexual abuse. As a result, victims may feel intimidated, unwelcomed, or undesired. Victims of verbal sexual abuse in the workplace may experience lower productivity, lost salary, and missed career opportunities. Verbal abuse, like physical and sexual assault, can be a precursor to other forms of abuse.

Should you sue for Verbal Sexual Abuse?

Litigation for sexual assault by words is certainly a possibility. Any damages you sustain as a result of verbal sexual assault, such as lost wages or mental anguish, may be recoverable in a civil case against the attacker. For example, if you were the victim of workplace verbal sexual assault, you may be able to file a claim against your company. It’s especially critical if you’ve reported the incident but your boss hasn’t taken any action, such as reprimanding or firing the offender.

In the event of verbal sexual abuse or harassment, what should you do?

Whether or not there is actual contact, sexual abuse is a serious and dangerous crime. You have legal rights and options if you have been the victim of sexual abuse, including verbal or written assault. Consider the following steps to help you heal from any emotional scars this tragedy has left you with while simultaneously seeking justice on the perpetrator:

  • Tell a friend or family member
  • Care for your well-being
  • Gather evidence
  • Contact a lawyer immediately.

If you or someone you love has been the victim of verbal sexual assault, you may be able to file a civil case to seek compensation for your losses. Even though it is difficult, emerging from this circumstance is a truly rewarding experience. It could also act as a deterrence to future instances of abuse. For more information, contact Usmaan Sleemi at The Law Offices of Usmaan Sleemi.