What is Sexual Coercion?
The Office of Women’s Health defines sexual coercion as “unwanted sexual activity that happens when you are pressured, tricked, threatened, or forced in a non-physical way.” These psychological maneuvers can make a victim feel powerless when a predator is being sexually manipulative. Knowing these warning signs can help you stay protected.
Who can Become a Victim of Sexual Coercion?
Anyone is susceptible to becoming a victim of sexual coercion. However, sexual coercion is most likely to happen with someone you already have an established relationship with such as:
Sexual activity should never happen without your consent. Being sexually coerced into sexual activity could also be considered sexual assault and against the law.
What are the Commonly Used Sexual Coercion Tactics?
Sexual coercion can come in many forms to get you to participate in sexual activity that you are uncomfortable with or do not consent to. Here are some things someone might do and say to get their way sexually:
- Wear you down - “If you really loved me, you would do it.”
- Make you feel it’s too late to say no - “You already have me all worked up.”
- Tell you that not having sex will jeopardize your relationship - “If you don’t give me sex, I’ll break up with you.”
- Threaten to spread rumors about you - “I’ll just tell everyone we did it anyway.”
- Make promises to reward you for sex - “You know I have a lot of connections that could get you ahead.”
- Threaten your job or school career - “You’ve put in a lot of hard work, I’d hate to see something change that.”
- Threaten to reveal your sexual orientation - “If you don't’ have sex with me, I’ll tell everyone you are gay.”
Were You a Victim of Sexual Coercion? We Are Here to Help.
In many cases, sexual coercion can be a form of sexual violence. If you’ve been a victim of sexual coercion, KMD Law will be your advocate to hold the offender responsible for their actions.
You have the right to pursue a civil suit, and we’ll fight to get you the compensation you deserve so you can move on and gain closure. We have extensive experience in this area of the law, especially in the entertainment industry. When it comes to privacy-sensitive cases, you can trust our firm to protect you.
Contact KMD Law at (833) 456-3529 to schedule a consultation.