A recent study of British universities has revealed that one in three female students has experienced an incident of harassment, whether sexual or otherwise, whilst undertaking their studies.
Over 93% of those incidents were discovered to have been unreported, according to the online student lifestyle site Hexjam. Universities have been accused of poor response to claims, especially in cases where the incident was not sexual or violence related.
All forms of harassment are considered a criminal offence, and could result in a prison sentence. Harassment does not have to be linked to sexual offences, and instead is a broad term that refers to any behaviour that causes feelings of humiliation, distress, or threat to another person.
In recent years, cases surrounding harassment have amplified, largely down to significant increases in the use of social media networks. A complex area of law, those accused of harassment should consider seeking professional legal advice from specialist harassment solicitors, such as Stephen Lickrish and Associates.
In April this year, it was reported that a five year old girl was subject to harassment in Birmingham via Facebook, following hundreds of reports of harassment in the Midlands on other social media networks. Policing the internet is a complex and relatively new area of law, which is why correct and experienced representation in such areas is pivotal.
Stephen Lickrish’s team of harassment solicitors can investigate the legitimacy of such claims, and determine whether the accused’s behaviour falls into this category. Knowledge, efficiency, and discretion are crucial, and Stephen Lickrish & Associates are regularly instructed on such criminal matters. For more information on harassment solicitors and representation, please visit www.stephenlickrish.com.