Accepting help from a stranger has become difficult for many of us to do as we aren’t sure whether this person has good or bad intentions. There have been numerous cases where women have been raped or robbed and some people have even been killed when they decided to allow a stranger to help them in a time of need. But, rather than judge, one woman decided to allow a man to help her when her motorcycle ran out of gas. Laura Walker, who is a local tattoo artist in Fresno, CA was driving in Fresno’s Tower District but had her trip cut short when her bike ran out of gas. The Fresno Bee says she attempted to call her sister to come to her rescue but didn’t exactly need the help when Stephen Peterson approached her and insisted on helping her.

After getting Walker gas for her bike, she gave Peterson her business card and told him to contact her if he was ever interested in a tattoo. While she was under the impression that this guy was simply doing a good deed for a person in need, she realized three hours later that wasn’t the case. Shortly after receiving the help from Peterson, Walker received an email from the “gentleman” offering to pay her $300 to have sex with him. He told her he thought she was “bangin’ hot” and described a few other sex acts he wanted to perform with her.

At the end of the email, he wrote: “Don’t judge me, I just like to (have sex).” Along with the message Peterson included his phone number, a selfie, and a picture of his penis. After reading, and seeing the contents of the email, Walker was angry and offended. Rather than brush it off, she took a screenshot of the email and forwarded it to her sister. Her sister posted it on Facebook. It turns out, Peterson is actually the son of Judge Dennis Peterson who was appointed to judge in 2010 by former Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger.

After the screenshot of the email was posted online, other women began to comment on the photo and some even shared their own “bad encounters” they had with Peterson. Eventually, Walker’s sister took the post down and she put it up herself to bring more attention to the man who tried to offer her money for sex. After getting a significant amount of backlash, Peterson posted a video message claiming he isn’t a bad person and he made a mistake.

Walker decided to file a report of harassment with Fresno police and oddly enough, Peterson also filed his own report of harassment claiming he is the “victim of an awful crime” and that “it is ruining his life right now.” Fresno police reported that they are now conducting an investigation regarding the matter.

Although Peterson may feel as though he has become the victim, the truth is, any unwanted sexual advance, including sending a nude photo, could be considered a form of sexual harassment which would then make Walker the victim. But, now that the world has been made aware of his indecent act, he is going to have a hard time proving he is innocent and a victim.

The #MeToo movement still has more work to do in terms of bringing awareness to the issue of sexual harassment.

Sexual harassment continues to be an ongoing issue and while society has made a great deal of progress, instances like this show that more effort needs to be put into bringing awareness to what constitutes as sexual harassment. And if you are the victim of sexual misconduct and need to speak with a sexual misconduct lawyer, USAttorneys.com can help you find one in Fresno, CA today.