However, it is a shame that women shy away from reporting such cases at the very onset. Making it much difficult for the police to investigate.
My dear, you should have reported the case while you were in USA without bothering yourself of the implications of a failed investigation, as the result of it wont have effected your migration status to USA. It would have only created a zone of suspicion against the offender (even in case of failed investigation).
If the sexual harrasement was not by use of physical force but involved some kind of mental duress, the situation would be same.
AS for actions you can take now. I would insist you to report it to the Local Indian Embassy in San Jose, through email and also the US embassy nearest to you, with full details of the offender yourself and the nature of offence.
You can also use the online reporting system of the California Police Department for doing the needful.
EACH OFFENDER MUST BE REPORTED !!
As for reasons of delay in reporting, you can take the plea of feeling unsafe and emotionally stressed out. Though it may not be sufficient to explain a more than 6 months delay in reporting. But still you should explain your circusmtances clearly.
5th March 2012 From United States , New York
6th March 2012 From United States , Cambridge
Late reporting is normally seen as mis-use of law and in your case its too late. So obviously doing anything now wont really yield any much favors to you. Because now you have the added burden of giving proofs and also proving your mental state for reporting late. And in that regards your attorney is somehow right.
But do take it as a lesson for future. Women dont need to chicken out on such events.
And if you have not really got a reply for your mail to the embassy, it could have been a loosely written email. I would suggest you to take courage and draft yourself a somewhat legal sort of email if you want to take up the matter and inform
6th March 2012 From United States , New York
I see your point on this. I should have called 911.
It is okay. Maybe if i ever face this again i now have the info i need to handle such an event.
I wrote another strongly worded, detailed, long email to the embassy in SF yesterday, bit no reply yet. In any case, pursuing a lawsuit is not really of any use. What do you gain by punishing someone? I feel it is better to move past such things and look at life and how to build your own life rather than punishing others. This is another reason why i did not strongly pursue it.
BUt it is good to know what can or cannot be done. SEcondly, causal damages are hard to prove, a
7th March 2012 From United States , Cambridge