Cases of rape, child pornography and other sexual crimes have been receiving significant media coverage. The increased belief in and support for victims may encourage dishonest or disgruntled people to make false accusations of unwanted sexual interaction. No doubt that those truly guilty deserve fair punishment, but for those who are innocent, such allegations can ruin their reputations and cause them to lose their jobs or other benefits.
Take these proactive steps to reduce the chances of the accusations in the first place. They can also help if the accusations come anyway, in which case you need to get a qualified criminal defense legal team with experience in sexual conduct charges to represent you.
Avoid private meetings
The easiest way to prevent a “your word against mine” situation is to avoid being alone with a coworker, employee or student. Meet in public areas at work or school where others can see you. If you have to discuss confidential matters in private, inform a supervisor of the time, place and purpose of the meeting and conduct it in quiet tones with the door and/or window shades open so you are still visible to witnesses. When it comes to minors, always have a parent or other adult in the room. Also, keep relationships professional in and out of the workplace or school environment.
Put down the alcohol
Alcohol consumption plays a significant role in sexual crimes. Intoxication can complicate social situations and lead to sexual charges. It’s safest not to drink in situations where things can easily get out of hand or you are alone with someone.
Be careful with words and touch
It’s easy for someone to misinterpret your langu age or physical touch, so be as clear as possible. Avoid sexual innuendo, playful touching and any other behavior with ambiguous intentions, especially if the other person doesn’t desire those behaviors. Don’t use force on someone unless to defend yourself or others from real physical danger.
Keep all evidence of interactions
In a professional setting, only communicate through work emails and numbers, and keep all messages. In your social life, also keep all emails, texts and social media messages and photos. Be careful with the language you use and the photos you send or allow others to send you. With unwritten forms, keep detailed notes of conversations and other interactions that someone may try to twist to use against you.
When it comes to minors, include a parent or supervisor in all forms of communication. Make smart choices in all that you do and say to decrease the likelihood of sexual charges.