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1 Answer | Asked in Libel & Slander and Sexual Harassment for Michigan on
Q: Sexual assault victim that is trying to understand if i am able to express my freedom of speech to make a facebook post

I had a sexual assault case that ended in my abuser taking a gulity plea, and i ended up making a facebook post with my abusers name. Are they able to sue me for defamation or anything because of this?

Brent T. Geers
Brent T. Geers answered on Nov 30, 2021

Doubtful. Although you should be careful not to stray from the truth. The guilty plea is a matter of public record.

BUT, for your own well-being: what do you gain by posting on Facebook? Justice has been presumptuously served in court. The court of public opinion can be far less forgiving....
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2 Answers | Asked in Employment Law and Sexual Harassment for Michigan on
Q: Is there a way to take any legal action?

Is there a way to take any legal action?

I came forward about sexual harassment towards me AND two of my coworkers. It was “handled” by forcing a store transfer on me without any consultation or any warning, the day of I was told “you work here now”. I lost working at my location... Read more »

Eva Zelson
Eva Zelson answered on Jan 14, 2021

A little bit more detail is needed. If the transfer can be seen as a demotion-- maybe because it is in a worse location, has worse hours or constitutes a pay cut-- you may have a case that your employer retaliated against you for coming forward about the sexual harassment. Consult with an... Read more »

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1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law and Sexual Harassment for Michigan on
Q: What can we do about this case?

The situation is this kid on Instagram he is apparently 18 and from Canada. He asked girls for their nudes and insulted them when he didn’t get them. He got exposed for this and then he disabled his account and send all of the nudes he had of these girls to random accounts on his spam page, I... Read more »

Brent T. Geers
Brent T. Geers answered on Nov 7, 2020

If you believe a crime occurred, you should contact your local police department and file a complaint. The police - particularly state police and federal law enforcement - have the necessary resources to investigate this. A lot will depend on how old the girls were and what was said in these... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Sexual Harassment for Michigan on
Q: My friends daughter is 17 years old and is dating a 25 year old she doesn’t know what she can do legally to stop them
Brent T. Geers
Brent T. Geers answered on Oct 5, 2020

A call to the police department would probably be the best first step.

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law and Sexual Harassment for Michigan on
Q: Was contacted by law inforcement about an incident at his massage business what should he do ?

He's not guilty of anything although he has in writing where a woman had gone mental staying she was uncomfortable around a year ago and had been opologetic not really even remembering the situation when later confronted around four months ago and didn't think much of it until this... Read more »

Brent T. Geers
Brent T. Geers answered on Sep 9, 2020

First, be mindful that there are a lot of telephone scams going around claiming to be from law enforcement, and ultimately demanding money or personal information. If the person left a name and a phone number, contact the police department to see if it's legit. If it is, tell them you'll... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law and Sexual Harassment for Michigan on
Q: Is exchanging nude photos, unknowingly with a minor illegal?

If someone sends you nude photos without any indication of age imply anything about their age?

Brent T. Geers
Brent T. Geers answered on Aug 24, 2020

Depends on whether there was any communication or solicitation. If there is any doubt as to age, you should not be exchanging pictures.

1 Answer | Asked in Sexual Harassment for Michigan on
Q: Hi is it illegal for a 17 year old, 18 year old, and a 21 year old to be sending inappropriate pictures to a 14 year old

The inappropriate images are not pictures of themselves but pornographic images of others, they send it in the groupchat and the girl who is 14 years old sees all of it but she also engages in the activity and sends in pictures as well.

Brent T. Geers
Brent T. Geers answered on May 11, 2020

If the images are of adults, then possibly it's a case of contributing to the delinquency of a minor. Not sure if police or prosecutors will do much if it is an otherwise innocuous group chat that the 14 year old is voluntarily participating in. Obviously if the 14 year old were sending images... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Domestic Violence and Sexual Harassment for Michigan on
Q: What do I do about sexual assault and mental abuse in a previous relationship?

It was in Michigan. I was 16 and he was 24 when it started. It continued for 2 years. He would make me feel guilty for not wanting to have sex and would threaten to cheat on me if I didn’t do things. When he cheated, held a gun to his head and begged me to shoot him when he told me. I tried to... Read more »

Brent T. Geers
Brent T. Geers answered on Apr 8, 2020

Hopefully you have removed yourself from this situation. It sounds like your ex suffers some mental illness. Even if so, it doesn't excuse that treatment.

What your question does not indicate is whether you two were legally married. By the ages, I'm assuming not. There may be...
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1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law and Sexual Harassment for Michigan on
Q: Do I have a case ! When my child’s father girlfriend sent a video of me doing sexual things to people without my consent

What should I do next? I want to make a police report next

Brent T. Geers
Brent T. Geers answered on Jun 18, 2019

Your's is a very fact-dependent situation. How did she get this video? Who took it? And where were you when this was being done? If you had no reasonable expectation of privacy when this video was made, or you consented to being taped and the video subsequently fell into her hands, I'm... Read more »

2 Answers | Asked in Criminal Law and Sexual Harassment for Michigan on
Q: I am a witness of a situation, and I was wondering what would happen to the suspect if I plead the fifth.

I know some things about what happened to the victim and if I plead the fifth on some questions, I don't know what would happen.

Bruce Alexander Minnick
Bruce Alexander Minnick answered on Apr 29, 2019

Unless you have been charged--or are being charged--for a crime yourself you cannot invoke the fifth amendment to shield the suspect. Nor can you invoke the fifth amendment "on some questions" but not others.

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1 Answer | Asked in Employment Discrimination and Sexual Harassment for Michigan on
Q: Terminated due to an accidental erection in front of female co-worker. Wrongfully terminated?

One day at work Ive become very stressed, running up and down a flight of stairs every few minutes, and when I came back to my female coworker to help her finish our tasks for the day, and I suddenly got an erection. It was noticeable but I tried to make it not so obvious and even apologized to her... Read more »

Brent T. Geers
Brent T. Geers answered on Mar 7, 2019

Unlikely that you would successfully fight this. How would your employer know about this if your co-worker didn't complain?

1 Answer | Asked in Sexual Harassment for Michigan on
Q: I'm disabled.. I was drugged and sexually assulted in my home which I believe was by my landlord..

He also began to harass me causing emotional distress and possibly insinuates sexual favors as well.. I possibly had a miscarriage I bled for six weeks after missed period of almost four months , he told me after I was assulted he could come into my apartment anytime he wants after I explained to... Read more »

Brent T. Geers
Brent T. Geers answered on Mar 5, 2019

You should promptly call your local police to report this incident. Time is of the essence.

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law and Sexual Harassment for Michigan on
Q: This is located in Michigan! Is it legal? Can a case be made out of it?

Hi, I got some information from my girl cousin the other day. She had told me that she is dating a 27 or 28 year old and she is 16 about to turn 17. She consented to it and they are looking to get married in the future. She has not told her parents yet because she is scared of their reaction. She... Read more »

Jasmine D. Rippy
Jasmine D. Rippy answered on Aug 8, 2018

In Michigan, the age of consent to sexual contact is 16. Therefore, it is legal for a 16 year old to date a 28 year old as long as the relationship is consensual. However, if the 16 year old has sent sexual images the 28 year old, they could both face felony child pornography charges. If any of... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Sexual Harassment for Michigan on
Q: i was sexually assaulted at work and now my medical bills are starting to come in that i can not afford.

Do i have the right to sue my attacker and possibly former employer?

Marlo Bruch
Marlo Bruch answered on Feb 20, 2018

I recommend that you contact an employment / workers compensation attorney so you can get the assistance you need.

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law, Juvenile Law, Sexual Harassment and Small Claims for Michigan on
Q: Can a teacher engage in a relationship with a student after they have graduated?

I got into a debate about this. My friend said that within the state of Michigan, that's where I live, a teacher may not engage a student for about a year or two after they have graduated. When I ask about teacher student relations. I'm not just talking about high school teachers. Lets... Read more »

Brent T. Geers
Brent T. Geers answered on Oct 30, 2017

The answer to your question is subject to much debate. From the teacher's perspective, assuming that the student is then over the age of 18, he or she may find that being involved with a former student has career implications if not legal problems.

It is true that under Michigan law, a...
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1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law, Family Law, Juvenile Law and Sexual Harassment for Michigan on
Q: I am 17 and will be 18 in march of 18. my girlfriend's 14, then 15 in Nov. of 18. At any time can we have any form sex?

My Birthday: March of 2000

Her Birthday: November of 2003

Brent T. Geers
Brent T. Geers answered on Aug 30, 2017

DO NOT DO IT! You trying to split hairs about ages and birth dates will get you clubbed over the head by the long arm of the law if you two do engage in sex while she is under age 16. You are about to be 18. But you don't need to wait until then to find yourself facing a real adult prison... Read more »

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