Q: My child continues to get harrassed in person and on social media. A female posts statements claiming my son "sexually
harrassed" her. She sent it through snap chat. It is not accurate. What are my son's rights. BTW both ages are 14 years old.
You are in a tricky spot to navigate as there are so many ways to go and so many pitfalls too. Have you contacted the police about the cyber-bullying? If they are in the same school, have you notified the school so they can intervene on the bullying as well? As for the harassment, if they were ever in a 'dating' relationship then he might be able to obtain a restraining order against her. In MA we also have Harassment Protection Orders to prevent harassment, but those require 3 or more acts that are malicious and are also threatening. Facts, context, and circumstances aer important to this analysis, and you didnt provide enough information to determine if that is a viable choice. If not, and there is no merit to what she is calling 'sexual harassment' then he may also come within the framework of cyber stalking/stalking. Usually a juvenile police officer will have a chat with the offender party to end the harassment. On the other hand, if there is any merit at all to the girls complaints then there could be an investigation. If it is possible your son hasnt told you everything then maybe haveing a lawyer involved would facilitate a real assessment of what he is involved in. It would be protected by attorney client privilege and he would have no fear while the situation is vetted. Another option is for a lawyer to issue a letter to the girl and her family advising that legal action will be pursued if the behavior doesnt stop. One downside to that is if they react negatively and the girl makes false accusations or exaggerate to her parents what the story is.
You dont want your son to be shamed and abused this way, as it will impact him at school when he returns. If he is dreading it, pay attention to the emotional signs of that too like headaches, stomach aches, stress, anxiety, anger, sleeplessness, loss of appetite, and all the physical manifestations of anxiety. Good luck-
1 user found this answer helpful
Justia Ask a Lawyer is a forum for consumers to get answers to basic legal questions. Any information sent through Justia Ask a Lawyer is not secure and is done so on a non-confidential basis only.
The use of this website to ask questions or receive answers does not create an attorney–client relationship between you and Justia, or between you and any attorney who receives your information or responds to your questions, nor is it intended to create such a relationship. Additionally, no responses on this forum constitute legal advice, which must be tailored to the specific circumstances of each case. You should not act upon information provided in Justia Ask a Lawyer without seeking professional counsel from an attorney admitted or authorized to practice in your jurisdiction. Justia assumes no responsibility to any person who relies on information contained on or received through this site and disclaims all liability in respect to such information.
Justia cannot guarantee that the information on this website (including any legal information provided by an attorney through this service) is accurate, complete, or up-to-date. While we intend to make every attempt to keep the information on this site current, the owners of and contributors to this site make no claims, promises or guarantees about the accuracy, completeness or adequacy of the information contained in or linked to from this site.