Lawyers, Answer Questions  & Get Points Log In
Sexual Harassment Questions & Answers
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 civil actions...
Read more »

2 Answers | Asked in Criminal Law, Sexual Harassment and Civil Rights for Arizona on
Q: A sexual assault happened to me in NY state over 5 years ago. However I currently live in Arizona. How do I report this.
Mike Branum
Mike Branum answered on Apr 2, 2020

Unless the crime committed against you meets the criteria to be considered a rape, the statute of limitations has run on your case and charges may not be filed. NY has increased the SoL on rape to 10 or 20 years but sexual assaults are still either 3 or 5 depending on whether the crime was... Read more »

View More Answers

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law, Sexual Harassment and Family Law for Ohio on
Q: can you take back consent from a person and report it like if you havent met them but you guys did the sexual situation.
Breezy M Warner
Breezy M Warner answered on Mar 25, 2020

Are you asking on whether you can now claim rape because you changed your mind after having consensual sexual relations with someone? NO NO YOU CANNOT! This in itself is false reporting and is a crime.

If you are asking can you start out having consensual sexual relations and then decide...
Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law and Sexual Harassment for Indiana on
Q: Is it illegal to record someone on their property?

I have a restraining order on my daughters father do to him molesting her.. still in court over that atm. His family came by my home today (his mom, sister and dad) and started recording me, asking me to see my daughter I was of course notably upset and crying. They continued to record me and... Read more »

Mike Cunningham
Mike Cunningham answered on Mar 24, 2020

If there is a protective order in place, then any direct or indirect contact with you or your daughter (depending upon whom the protective order covers) would be a violation of that order. If these things are occurring, you should contact police.

2 Answers | Asked in Divorce, Family Law and Sexual Harassment for Colorado on
Q: In Colorado, are there any laws to stop derogatory and verbally abusive behavior from an ex?

Communication has been expressly limited to between my ex husband and myself. I have the records available to me for evidence, and he uses TalkingParents for this communication. He takes every opportunity to call me many names, all which have to do with him implying that I have... Read more »

John Hyland Barrett III
John Hyland Barrett III answered on Mar 24, 2020

If there is a court order limiting communication to TalkingParents, he may be in violation of the court order. If so, you could consider citing him for contempt. You should get a lawyer to help you.

View More Answers

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law and Sexual Harassment for Colorado on
Q: What are the possible outcomes of this case, and the chance of each?


Douglas T. Cohen
Douglas T. Cohen answered on Mar 21, 2020

Sorry but if you currently have a lawyer, you should not be discussing your case specifics with other lawyers and definitely not online. I suggest you set a meeting with your public defender and address these concerns with him/her.

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law, Juvenile Law and Sexual Harassment for Georgia on
Q: is It illegal for a 17 year old female to date a 24 year old male in the state of Georgia?

I would believe it is not illegal to do so, due to the fact that the female over the age of legal consent in GA (16). The 17 year old turns 18 in 8 months( December 7th), and I would believe it to be okay since 17 is the age when Georgia technically can consider you an adult, because you can make... Read more »

Homer P Jordan IV
Homer P Jordan IV answered on Mar 19, 2020

You are considered an adult at age 18, not at age 17. -Homer P. Jordan IV, Esq. 404-620-1558

1 Answer | Asked in Sexual Harassment and Criminal Law for Pennsylvania on
Q: I am being stalked and harassed via the web. Lewd, lacivious, awful calls and texts. All “anonymous” from an app.

These calls and texts also being sent to my loved ones, saying horrible and awful things about me. Also trying to extort money and property from my family, specifically my mother. I know who it is but cannot prove it without the subpoena from the app Text Free. This person is also sharing personal,... Read more »

Cary B. Hall
Cary B. Hall answered on Mar 18, 2020

Initially, file a report with your local police. They should be able to get the subscriber information from Text Free, and then press charges against the individual from there.

If the individual has some assets, you can then consider filing a civil lawsuit against that person later....
Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Sexual Harassment for Tennessee on
Q: I’m experiencing sexual harrement at work and I recorded the man it was my only proof because he is a preacher

Will I be in trouble for recording him saying very inappropriate things

Paul E. Tennison
Paul E. Tennison answered on Mar 16, 2020

Is this for TX or TN? TN is a one party consent state so you can record a conversation even if he is unaware. You would need an attorney licensed in TX to answer that question regarding TX law. Also, you should consider consulting with an attorney regarding the sexual harassment you have been... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Employment Discrimination, Personal Injury and Sexual Harassment for Maryland on
Q: fired for mistakenly putting on a another person coat simerlar to mine. happen after expressing sexual harassment issue

coat was put on to do a task outside. our simerler coats were hung side by side. not sure if this sounds sensible but to me im still dumbfounded they used this as the reason the get rid of the problem. which all I wanted was the sexural harassment issues to be known so I didnt have to feel... Read more »

Joseph D. Allen
Joseph D. Allen answered on Mar 10, 2020

Sexual harassment claims (as well as retaliation/wrongful termination claims based on employee complaints about harassment) are very fact-specific and require detailed analysis of the applicable law. There are strict deadlines for filing charges with the EEOC/MCCR, so you should discuss soon with... Read more »

2 Answers | Asked in Employment Discrimination and Sexual Harassment for Florida on
Q: If an owner of a company doesn't like an employee can he terminate me for reasons that have no proof to back it up
Bruce Alexander Minnick
Bruce Alexander Minnick answered on Mar 2, 2020

Yes. Why? Because Florida is an “at will” state, which means employers are free to hire, transfer, promote, demote, suspend, reinstate, fire and rehire employees for any reason at any time, i.e., “at will.” The only thing employers cannot do is make any of these adverse employment decisions... Read more »

View More Answers

1 Answer | Asked in Federal Crimes, Internet Law, Juvenile Law and Sexual Harassment for Florida on
Q: if you ask someone for a massage through snapchat and sent them money. then they say they are underage.

Is there any wrongdoing here if the 2 parties never met?

Terrence H Thorgaard
Terrence H Thorgaard answered on Feb 26, 2020

You could perhaps be charged with attempt.

1 Answer | Asked in Employment Discrimination, Employment Law and Sexual Harassment for New Jersey on
Q: Repeated asked fellow manager at work to leave me alone and stop harassing me (non-sexual).

HR and top management did nothing. I recently found out from one of the HR members that this same employee has multiple pending sexual harassment lawsuits against him and the company. Which our company is settling. I asked for this employee to be kept away from me if these allegations are true.... Read more »

Carrie Dyer
Carrie Dyer answered on Feb 26, 2020

If the harassment is not sexual in nature, and is not based on your membership in a protected class (race, gender, age, etc.), then there is little protection available under the law. You should consult an employment attorney in your area to discuss the specific type of behavior to which the... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Civil Rights and Sexual Harassment for California on
Q: Is it a crime to use physical force to enter a hotel room where you have been told not to enter?

A family member knocked on my hotel room door. My husband answered by cracking the door open. The person asked to speak to me and my husband told him no because I was not dressed. He said he wanted to speak to me. I was laying in our hotel room bed naked- and I too responded that I was naked. He... Read more »

William John Light
William John Light answered on Feb 24, 2020

Possibly trespassing. Call the police if you think you are a crime victim.

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law and Sexual Harassment for South Carolina on
Q: what would the charges be if a 17 year old is raped by three college students? victim was intoxicated before the assault

marijuana was involved, but it was the victims.

Stephen Grooms
Stephen Grooms answered on Feb 24, 2020

In South Carolina age 17 is considered to be an adult in terms of engaging in sexual activity so her age alone will not result in a potential criminal charge, but if she was voluntarily intoxicated to the point of being "mentally defective, mentally incapacitated, or physically helpless" and the... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Juvenile Law and Sexual Harassment on
Q: Hi, i'm a Phd student, currently working on my thesis. is that allow to cite any of the court precedent

cases for instance (K.R., A Juvenile v. The State of Florida, 2020) as in text citation.

Please advise. Tq

Bruce Alexander Minnick
Bruce Alexander Minnick answered on Feb 20, 2020

This is a free legal advice forum intended to help people who need real legal hep. That does not include you.

1 Answer | Asked in Domestic Violence and Sexual Harassment for Texas on
Q: Can I file harassment or file for restraining order and will it violate his probation

I’m pregnant And the guy by keeps messaging me and harassing I blocked # and he makes fake accounts to contact me then he’s threatening to post my personal photos online I’m tired of this I just need it to stop

Kiele Linroth Pace
Kiele Linroth Pace answered on Feb 20, 2020

If you want to stop it, send only this precise message:

"Do not ever communicate with me again by any means, either directly or indirectly. All messages from you harass, annoy, alarm, abuse, torment, embarrass, or offend me in violation of Section 42.07 of the Texas Penal Code."...
Read more »

3 Answers | Asked in Criminal Law and Sexual Harassment for Minnesota on
Q: can a 16-year old press charges against an 18-year-old for harassment and hate crimes?

I am a 16-year old highschooler, and a certain student has been constantly harassing students, physically, verbally, and mostly sexaully.

there have been attempts to tell the school administration, but the school has a reputation for letting special-needs students get away with anything,... Read more »

Jonathan Matthew Holson
Jonathan Matthew Holson answered on Feb 19, 2020

You wouldn't be pressing charges. That is a decision made by a prosecutor. You could certainly contact law enforcement about your concerns and things would go from there.

View More Answers

1 Answer | Asked in Sexual Harassment for Texas on
Q: I was paid to transport a car to an export company in La Porte TX. Their fork lift driver verbally sexually harassed me.

He had several women's bras hanging off the fork lift and when I told him that's offensive to women his response was f*** you you're a woman in a man's world I can hang what I want on my fork lift. Bring your a** over here and give me your bra to hang on my fork lift and lets see what you're... Read more »

Bruce Alexander Minnick
Bruce Alexander Minnick answered on Feb 12, 2020

Forget it. No lawyer will want to get involved in this silly situation.

2 Answers | Asked in Criminal Law, Family Law, Juvenile Law and Sexual Harassment for Utah on
Q: can you take 30 year old male relative sending 15 year old niece naked photos from snap chat app, pictures weren’t saved

Niece is 15 and her cousin is 30 he has sent her pictures or his private part but it’s sent from Snapchat and the pictures weren’t saved. The whole conversation is saved but no pictures. In the conversation he does state he’s going to send it and also more than once, he states in one of the... Read more »

Mike Branum
Mike Branum answered on Feb 7, 2020

The short answer is yes, you can sue. You could file a suit claiming negligence, intentional infliction of emotional distress, etc. The real question is does the pervy cousin have assets worth the fight? If he owns a home, has a high-paying job, or there is some other asset which may be able to be... Read more »

View More Answers

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.