Sexual Harassment: Is There Any Doubt About What It Is?
In view of this fact, one of the issues that the public continues debating to date is the issue of sexual harassment. In this case, this issue has led to laws meant to deal with this issue by defining sexual harassment offenses although the laws face a lot of debate and opposition from a cross-section of people. The sexual harassment offences range from candid comments to rape, and assault, which may seem obvious to many people, but there is a thin line between the offenses that qualify and do not qualify as sexual harassment offences.
Goodman pointed out a relationship in the assumptions people had between date rape and sexual harassment. In this regard, a man has a different perspective on date rape from a woman’s perspective by noting that to a man, it was a date, while to the woman it was rape. Hence, a man does not identify any offence caused during the process while a woman takes offence and legal action against the man. Similarly, Goodman noted, “Sexual harassment comes with some of these assumptions. What he labels sexual, she labels harassment”. In effect, a man will not be able to draw the limit between a sexual comment and activity and will proceed on until the moment when the woman will take offence in the action and take legal action. In effect, the failure to differentiate between sexual and harassment will result to prosecutions based on failure to have a clear definition.