SEXUAL HARASSMENT IN ACADEMICS: THE PARADIGM OF LEGAL EVALUATION IN LITHUANIA

Authors

  • Raimundas Jurka Utena University of Applied Sciences, Law Firm “Jurka & Losis”
  • Eglė Jurkienė Utena University of Applied Sciences, Law Firm “Jurka & Losis”

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.17770/sie2023vol1.7094

Keywords:

academic environment, criminal responsibility, ethic violation, sexual harassment, victim’s and culprit’s behaviour

Abstract

The article focuses on the insights` analysis of the nowadays relevant social problems, related to sexual harassment in the academics, its legal evaluation in Lithuania. It is discussed, whether sexual harassment situations, that could be faced or happened in academics, could be seen as the ethic, moral violations or even more – criminal deeds. The authors go into deep and analyse the relationships between culprit and victim as they are not equal as such in the academic community. They have vertical relations, for instance, a lecturer and a student, etc. Then the principal question is raised – whether the guilty of the culprit should be proved / argued using presumption of innocence or there is a converse – the words and emotions of a victim take the prior place to incriminate a culprit. Another one question should be seen as the relevant one – does the legal situation change if there are enough assumptions to say “a culprit intended to have intimate relations with the victim”? It is also argued, that one of the biggest problems to uncover the situation’s real face is time of victim’s keeping silence as a victim, usually, is depending on culprit’s will (for instance, the lecturer and the student still have educational relations).

Author Biographies

  • Raimundas Jurka, Utena University of Applied Sciences, Law Firm “Jurka & Losis”
    Institute of Criminal law and Procedure of Law School, Mykolas Romeris university; Department of Law, The Faculty of Business and Technologies of Utena University of Applied Sciences.
  • Eglė Jurkienė, Utena University of Applied Sciences, Law Firm “Jurka & Losis”
    Department of Law, the Faculty of Business and Technologies of Utena University of Applied Sciences.

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Published

2023-07-03