Coercion is Not Consent

There are some situations where one may say yes to sex, but not actually give consent. This is usually referred to as a situation called sexual coercion. While it can be tricky to navigate the different between coercion and consent, one thing remains the same: the victim of sexual coercion never wanted to say yes. If you are the victim of sexual coercion then you may have a strong case for harassment.

Can Men Be Victims of Sexual Harassment?

When the topic of sexual harassment is discussed, most people picture a woman being touched without consent or the subject of sexual jokes. In fact, these types of situations are exactly what are described in sexual harassment seminars, with the victims of such behavior encouraged to seek out help. However, men may also be victims of sexual harassment. The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) reports that in 2013, 15% of reports of sexual harassment came from men. The number is expected to be much larger, but many men are afraid or unaware that they can speak up.

I have been Subjected to Unwanted Touching and Coerced Physical Confinement and Sex Acts. Should I contact the Police?

In the world of sexual harassment, the terms used can often be misinterpreted by the general public. For example, most people probably understand what unwanted touching is and how it could be a minimal act and still be illegal, but some people do not realize that coerced physical confinement can also be a subtle act. You could be experiencing coerced physical confinement if you are being forced to sit on a couch in a crowded room against your will. The more people know about sexual harassment, the easier it becomes to understand how to protect themselves.

What Are Examples of Sexual Coercion?

Victims of sexual harassment crimes are often confused as to whether or not their experience qualifies as harassment. It is very important to educate oneself on how to such instances and situations. Sexual coercion is a form of sexual harassment where a victim is tricked into a sexual act. This can happen in many different situations.

How Can I Respond in the Moment to Sexual Coercion?

Learning how to handle sexual coercion and actually being able to respond properly in a coercion situation are very different. It is not enough to learn what you should do or say when you are faced with sexual coercion. You should have a clearly defined image of yourself and how you want to live your life that will give you the confidence to respond properly in a sexual coercion moment.

How Can I Get Help After Being Sexually Coerced?

Sexual coercion is a form of sexual harassment that can result in unwanted sexual contact. During sexual coercion, the aggressor tries to trick or force their victim into believing that performing a sexual act is the right thing to do. If the victim does not want to give consent but the aggressor persists, then that is sexual coercion and it can have devastating effects.

Is Threatening Common in Sexual Coercion?

In order to protect yourself from sexual harassment, it is important to be able to recognize the signs of various forms of this crime. For example, if you want to file a report for sexual coercion, then you need to understand what it is and the tell-tale signs of a coercive situation. Your chances of getting the justice you need are much higher when you can give an accurate description of how you were harassed.

How Do I Prove Quid Pro Quo?

When a victim is put into a position of having to perform sexual acts to keep their job, that can be an example of quid pro quo. In the corporate world, sexual harassment is often used as a tool by authority figures to get sexual favors in return for promises of promotions or raises. The issue for many victims becomes proving quid pro quo happened and that the victim was taken advantage of.

What is Sexually Coercive Behavior?

Sexual coercion is a form of sexual harassment that is now recognized throughout the country. The idea that yes does not necessarily mean yes has gained enough traction that some states, are considering laws that differentiate between consent and non-consent, in situations where the victim has said, “yes”.

Sexual coercion is using guilt, verbal tricks, or some kind of known victim weakness to get the victim to say “yes” to sex when they do not want to. The more that people can recognize coercive sexual behavior, the easier it will be to stop this kind of harassment.

What is the Difference Between Sexual Coercion and Sexual Assault?

Sexual Coercion

Sexual coercion is a sub-category of sexual misconduct that deals with an attempt by an aggressor to trick a victim into “consenting” sexual acts. In some cases, the aggressor will make specific comments over time that are designed to make the victim feel guilty about not engaging with them sexually, or the aggressor will try to take advantage of a situation and trick the victim into sexual activity.

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