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People often blame the victim for sexual harassment

Unfortunately, when sexual harassment accusations are brought forth, many people will often blame the victim. In many cases, they will assume that the person who was assaulted asked for it to happen in one way or another. Though things have been shifting over the years, it's important to know that this still happens. Some ways that victims can be blamed include the following:

1. The victim may be accused of wearing clothing that is provocative, trying to get a response from the attacker.

2. The victim may be accused of asking for the sexual advances because of actions that were actually innocent. For example, if a victim sent casual, light-hearted emails to a boss, they could be incorrectly viewed as flirtatious invitations.

3. If a victim was drinking at a work party when the assault took place, he or she could be accused of inviting the actions by getting drunk.

4. If a boss comes to a victim's room while the two are staying in a hotel, on a business trip, people may ask why the victim let the boss into the room, rather than focusing on the assault that happened afterward.

5. Someone who tells off-color jokes or laughs at jokes told by others could be blamed for showing that he or she was open to advances.

6. In some cases, the victim will be blamed for not quitting his or her job in time.

If you're involved in a case in Michigan and these types of points are raised, you can see how the case could be twisted around. Make sure you know your legal options.

Source: The Atlantic, "Why So Many Victims of Sexual Harassment Stay Silent, Still," Kathleen Peratis, accessed April 27, 2016

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