Now, the singer and actor is under a court-imposed gag order while fighting a libel lawsuit. He denied the allegation, and filed a defamation suit against her and eight others who also made or amplified claims against him online. All nine were charged with criminal defamation at the end of September. At stake in the case is more than just their liberty. Mainly, they fear victims will be pushed back into the shadows. Such litigation has proliferated worldwide in the wake of MeToo with women and men on both sides of the movement seeking to enlist the courts on disputed events.
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It also shines a light on sexual harassment and abuse by staff, including distinguished academics, where universities can be reluctant to take action because they want to keep their star performers. In one case, a student was repeatedly raped by an eminent professor, but she felt unable report it for four years. The study concludes that the number of students victims of sexual harassment or abuse far exceeds formal complaints made to universities, many of whose procedures for dealing with such complaints are still inadequate, according to the authors. This equates to about 50, students being abused every year.
When an employee complains that he or she is experiencing sexual harassment of any type, the employer has a legal, ethical, moral, and employee relations obligation to investigate the charges thoroughly—without delay. If an employer hears rumors that sexual harassment is occurring, the employer must investigate the potential harassment the same as if they had received a formal complaint. These are examples of how seriously employers must take sexual and any other form of employee harassment that is or may be occurring in their workplace. As an HR staff person, one of the most common requests that will occur when you are approached by an employee to talk is that they want to tell you something, but you must first promise to keep it confidential.
Armed forces personnel are twice as likely to be cleared at trial of sexual assaults, a Telegraph investigation can reveal, which is leaving victims reluctant to report allegations. Figures unearthed by this newspaper show just 29 percent of the 59 military personnel tried at court martial for sexual offences in were convicted, compared to 65 percent of the 7, defendants who appeared before the Criminal Justice System for the same offences in the same year. The Telegraph has spoken to a number of victims who saw their attackers walk free after reporting what had happened. They all felt that if their cases had been handled by the CPS the outcomes would have been different. In , of the 55 defendants who appeared in court marshals on sexual offences charges, 38 percent were found guilty.