Being charged with sexual assault in the State of Georgia can have lifelong repercussions. It’s smart to know exactly what the differences are between an accusation of sexual harassment and sexual assault.
Sexual harassment involves creating a hostile working environment by making comments or suggestions that make workers feel uncomfortable. Harassment can include disparaging remarks about a person’s gender or it could include insinuations that sexual favors are necessary to provide or secure a position of employment.
Sexual harassment puts pressure on workers in a way that affects their work performance or opportunities for advancement and/or compensation.
In Georgia, sexual harassment policy is determined by each company. Companies with more than 15 employees must abide by the Civil Rights Act of 1964 which prohibits sexual harassment.
Sexual assault generally pertains to sexual contact with a person who cannot or does not consent to the activity.
Here in Georgia, sexual assault laws apply to specific situations.
Consenting or otherwise, it is sexual assault when there is sexual contact between an individual who has some supervisory or disciplinary authority and their charge.
For example, a sexual relationship between a high school student and their teacher would constitute sexual assault even if the student was of age to consent. A psychotherapist who had consensual relations with one of his/her patients would also be guilty of sexual assault.
Sex Offense Charges in Georgia
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