Friday, April 12, 2013

Sexual Harassment Case

Sexual Harassment is an abusive forcing on someone to do a sexual act or a form of taking sexual advantage on someone. This happens on any places such as at work, school, or just at home and there really is no chosen place - the abuser can be anyone.

Claire (not a real name) is a new secretary in a law firm. She has been assigned to work for the office of Mr. John (not a real name) - one of the resident lawyers of the company. There are times that she has to stay late in the office to finish some documents that are needed for the next day's hearing. On and on, this had become Claire's work routine.

One time, in Claire's wonder, Mr. John stayed up longer in the office. He was working all along on his desk but she noticed in one corner of her eye that Mr. John is stealing glances on her once in a while. She notices this quite often but because she was just new at work, she did not give too much thinking about it but just continued on with her work.

After a while, Mr. John asked Claire for a coffee. When she went to get it and afterwards put it to his desk, he suddenly pulled her arms and tried to grab her. Claire then panicked and hurriedly pulled herself off and went outside. She hadn't managed to say a thing because of her fear and had not even asked for help from their office mates outside the room.

The next day, she did not went to work and just thought of the next thing she has to do. Being afraid of Mr. John and the embarrassment that she will go through, she thought of researching his profile or background information. She found out from there that Mr. John really had a history of sexual harassment in the past but because of the influence of his profession, no one dares to file a case against him.

But due to the evidences that Claire had gotten from her research, plus her personal experience of being one of his victims, Claire had braved to bring this out and file for a complaint thinking if there would be no one who'll dare act against the wrongful doing of Mr. John, there might possibly be more who will be victimized by him. In the persistence of Clare's bravery, Mr. John got fired from the law firm and his professional license was also taken away from him.

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