Are you being bullied online? Are you being stalked? Are you being harassed at your workplace?
The new Protection from Harassment Act 2014 (POHA) criminalizes, among other things, cyber bullying, unlawful stalking and harassment within and out of the workplace.
As there was no Singapore legislation dealing directly with harassment previously, harassment was not illegal per se and recourse had to be sought via other areas of law such as tort of harassment, defamation, assault and battery.
What does POHA protect you from?
- Any threatening, abusive or insulting communication which causes harassment, alarm or distress to you
- Any act causing fear or provocation of violence towards you
- Unlawful stalking (which includes acts such as following, making any communication or attempting to make communication with you, loitering near your home or office or any place often frequented by you)
What can you do if you are bullied, stalked or harassed?
- If you are harassed and stalked, we can help you to apply for a Protection Order to stop the person from engaging in such conduct.
- If you wish to stop the person from publishing an offensive statement, we can help you in your application for a Non-Publication Order.
- If you intend to sue a harasser or stalker for monetary compensation, we can aid you in commencing a civil action against him or her.
- If you intend to pursue criminal sanctions against a harasser or stalker, we can advise you further on applying for a Magistrate’s Complaint.