Groping & Molestation

HOW DO YOU DEFINE “GROPE”?

Groping can be termed “unwanted” or “inappropriate” sexual contact.

Groping has many different meanings but generally it is defined as touching or fondling another person in an unwelcome sexual way. Areas of the body most frequently groped include the buttocks, breast, vulva and thighs on a woman, and the penis, testicles and buttocks on a man.

Gropers might use their hands, but pressing any part of their body against another person can be considered groping. Specifically, groping is that hug where he brushes his hands over your breast or that smack on your buttock as you turned to leave the classroom/office. Crowded areas such as markets, theatres, musical shows/concerts are common places where groping can occur. Sometimes, it can also occur in workplaces, and schools.

Often times, groping is dismissed as a mistake, sympathetic or harmless gesture. But a repeat within certain contexts becomes an invasion of personal space and can be termed sexual assault. Groping can also be tell-tale signs of a potential rape happening.

What should I do If I am groped?

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