Sexual harassment is harassment, in both men or women, in a professional or social situation, involving the making of unwanted sexual advances or obscene remarks. Many people put sexual assault and sexual harassment. “Sexual harassment is unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors and other verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature where as sexaul assault is theis intentional sexual contact, characterized by use of force, threats, intimidation, abuse of authority or when the victim does not or cannot consent” (Rogers). Sexual harassment has been a major problem since the 19th century. Women were to the point where they had to work together to protect themselves. Workplaces provided them a guidebook on handling unwanted attention and comments, and if that did not help, the women were asked to quit. In 1980 the EEOC issued regulations defining sexual harassment and stating it was a form of sex discrimination prohibited by the Civil Rights Act of 1964. “Only five to fifteen percent of women experiencing this category of harassment take legal action”(Reed). In the case of sexual harassment keeping statute of limitations over time memories fade, evidence is lost, and people want to get on with their lives without legal interference from the past.
Statutes of limitations are laws that have a set deadline of time within which a claim may be filed, in which I believe should remain a law. The deadlines vary depending on where you live and what the claim is for. Deadlines are good for getting events out of the way. “The main purpose of the statute of limitations is to keep defendants from having to defend themselves from charges that occurred so far into the past that it makes it impossible to properly defend oneself” (Federal Statute of Limitations). The government has balanced out the statute of limitations to an extinct. You can not just file a sexual harassment report after the deadline because it will be no good, the evidence nor the defendant. Statutes of limitations are laws designed to protect a person from being prosecuted for a crime after physical evidence has deteriorated, or become less reliable, over time.
Your memory is not what you think it is, memory is the stored thoughts from previous events. Remembering is the recall or access of a previous event in time from you brian.” Though we are not always aware of our memories’ errors, most of us would not be surprised to learn that memory is not perfect. Many marital squabbles arise due to inconsistencies in how a past event is remembered, and nearly everyone has, at one time or another, struggled to remember when they were last in a particular location or why the person across the room looks familiar”(Kensinger). Memories are changed each time they are recalled. “Memory isn’t like a file in our brain but more like a story that is edited every time we tell it. To each re-telling there are attached emotional details. So when the story is altered feelings are also reshaped”( Schiller). If you think about it memories make up who we are now so if we recall a memory from the past then we will think about it differently because the attitude that you acquire in the present differs from the time when your issue happened. Statute of limitation help prevents this from happening. “There is no real solid distinction between the act of remembering and the act of thinking”(MEMORY RECALL). These replays we call memories and/or remembering are not really identical to the original. “You would not know the difference between the genuine experience and the memory but are mixed with an awareness of the current situation”( MEMORY RECALL). Memories does not act like a filing cabinet. New information, emotions, and suggestions may change the way you look at your old memories over time. Therefore, remembering can work as a way of reimagination.
Time plays a big factor in reporting sexual harassment or any other crime for that matter. “Each state has statutes of limitations that determine the amount of time the state has to charge someone with a crime. You can think of a statute of limitations like a timer: the clock typically starts when the crime occurs; after time runs out, a perpetrator cannot be charged for the crime” (Understanding Statutes). The average time limit for report a sexaul harrasment charge for a minor is from the time it happened until you turn eighteen years old to file the report, but it is different if you are eighteen and up. People eighteen and older have a smaller time limit which is due to maturity levels. The average time is twenty one years to file a report for sexual harassment, they it can be extended for 90 days. Which can allows a peace of mind, limit the losing of of evidence over time. Though we are not always aware of our memories’ errors, most of us would not be surprised to learn that memory is not perfect. Many marital squabbles arise due to inconsistencies in how a past event is remembered, and nearly everyone has, at one time or another, struggled to remember when they were last in a particular location or why the person across the room looks familiar.
I realizes that many individuals need to take time to get the strength to report the charge of sexual harassment. I get where you are coming from, but understand that I don’t agree with that. You have a set time limit to report the issue at hand. It is up to you to reported for your justice. If you don’t have enough strength to report the issue with the statue of limitation of your state , they vary from different state, then you need to move on because you can’t change the law. I also understand the reason on wanting to testify with you recalling or remembering the past on the day it happened. You have to have videos or some type of credible source to show as proof you can’t just go off your mind because things can alter that memory.
In conclusion, I believe that there should in fact be statute of limitations for sexual harassment. Over time people’s memories begin to fade, meaning you can’t remember things years ago and expect it to be the exact same as when it happened. Which also leads to evidence getting lost. One reason for Statute of limitations is to try to avoid out the cause of memory fading and evidence being lost. Another reason is to keep defendants from having to defend themselves from charges that occurred so far into the past. Statute of limitation may not be agreed among a group of people but Statue of limitation is a deadline of reporting an issue. It has different time limits for different state. It can also vary from ages as well. This process is very well thought out and was design for a purpose.