It is important to be aware that if someone touches you sexually in the workplace, even over your clothing, it is not only considered sexual harassment, it is also regarded as a form of sexual assault and it must be dealt with seriously. If your instinct tells you that the touch is malicious and you feel uncomfortable, you have to take action and stop it rights then and there before it escalates. Confronting the person who is harassing you be very important if you are in an uncomfortable situation. Look at the person’s eyes and tell him what he did was inappropriate.
The first time someone does harass you, tell him to stop, and say it loud enough so others can hear for extra emphasis, and never apologize or make excuses for your offender. It is important to take immediate action is you experience sexual harassment because it is wrong and illegal. It is important to document and report every detail including the time, date, location, what happened, your immediate action, and the response of the harasser. This will be a good reference and evidence to seek legal actions, and if it ever happens to you again or to someone else at work, you’ll have a history to refer to. If touching is involved, be sure to report it right away. It is not good to keep sexual touches and demands on your own, you have to make sure they are all reported. Bear in mind that touching in a sexual manner is already considered a sexual assault. Document and report the incident to the management. A sexual assault is committed when a person engages in sexual activity without the consent of the other person such as touching with sexual intent to gratify sexual desires.
If you have just been sexually assaulted, it is your right to report and call the police and file a criminal case. Never allow guilt or desire to protect the attacker to keep you from having your rights asserted. Never hesitate to file legal charged because you are the victim, and letting it pass the first time may escalate to worse case like rape, or it can also be done to other people in the workplace or even outside the office. Hire a sexual harassment attorney to help you most especially if reporting the sexual harassment caused being fired or terminated from your job. Federal laws exist to protect employees from sexual harassment in the workplace and you can obtain just compensation for being fired or terminated illegally.