Haunted by Harassment? Here’s How to Fight Back

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Have you ever felt like a victim of harassment? Does someone’s unwanted attention follow you like a bad smell? Maybe it’s creepy calls at all hours, a constant stream of unwanted texts, or even someone lurking near your home or workplace. This unsettling feeling is harassment, and it’s illegal in South Africa.

The Law on Your Side: The Protection from Harassment Act

In 2011, South Africa introduced the Protection from Harassment Act, a powerful shield against unwanted advances and invasions of privacy. Here’s what it protects you from:

  • Unrelenting Stalkers: Being followed, watched, or having someone show up uninvited at your home, work, or any place you frequent is harassment.
  • Communication Nightmare: A barrage of unwanted calls, texts, emails, or even social media messages that make you feel unsafe or threatened falls under this umbrella.
  • Unwelcome Sexual Attention: Sexual harassment, whether physical advances or inappropriate comments, is illegal under this Act.

Taking Back Control: Protection Orders

If you’re being harassed, you don’t have to live in fear. The Protection from Harassment Act empowers you to fight back! Here’s how:

  • Protection Order Power: You can apply for a protection order at your nearest Magistrate’s Court. This court order legally prohibits the harasser from contacting you, coming near you, or engaging in any further harassment.

Important Reminder: The Law Protects Everyone

The Protection from Harassment Act is a powerful tool, but it’s not meant to be misused. While accusations can initiate the process, courts carefully consider all evidence to ensure fairness and prevent the law from being abused.

Feeling Trapped? We Can Help!

If you’re experiencing any form of harassment, remember, that you’re not alone. BBP Law is here to support you with the following:

  • Understanding Your Rights: We’ll explain your legal options under the Protection from Harassment Act so you’re fully informed.
  • Building Your Case: We’ll help you gather evidence, like screenshots, recordings, or witness statements, to strengthen your case.
  • Navigating the Court Process: We can assist you in applying for a protection order and guide you through the legal process.

Don’t Let Harassment Haunt You Anymore!

You deserve to feel safe and respected. Contact BBP Law today. Together, we can help you take back control of your life and stop the harassment!

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