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#MeToo may increase harassment reports

People who live and work in Louisiana have no doubt been aware of the dramatic surge in media reports and public demonstrations surrounding allegations of sexual misconduct in the past year. The initiation of the #MeToo movement seems to have brought about a change in the cultural mindset and made more people willing to come forward with stories of their experiences than in the past.

Harassment at work can happen in any industry. As reported recently by WBRZ, four-year universities in the state of Louisiana have noticed a jump in the number of reports made about potential sexual assault, abuse or harassment. One woman who is said to have worked at Southern University for four decades recently filed a complaint against a coworker saying that the man attempted to kiss and touch her against her wishes. Following an investigation, the university indicates action was taken although details of that action remain unknown.

Overall, in the last year, Southern University has taken action against 15 people as the result of 26 formal complaints that have been lodged. At Louisiana State University, 16 reports relating to sexual assault have been filed in the last year, 12 of which have resulted in some type of disciplinary or other action. 

It is important for people in Louisiana to remember that such harassment does not always have to be perpetrated by a male against a female. It can go the other way and can also involve people of the same gender. Anyone who has concerns about these behaviors might find it useful to talk with an attorney about how to protect themselves.



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