A girl at work slapped me. I didn't touch or offend her, she was drunk. There were no witnesses to support my story or security cameras in that area of the building.
The witness didn't support my story because he slapped me after she did to try turn it into a joke and thought he'd be implicated.
Edited in comments from the asker, clarifying the situation:
For those seeking my horrific action that 'earned' the slap: a male friend came up to her and hugged her. I joked at how drunk she was and said, 'pull in' which means kiss her. It was such a light-hearted joke because they both have partners and then I got slapped. I will attempt to answer all the questions. We had arrived back to the office from an end of year function. That's why she was drunk.
I am extremely angry at this stage because throughout the HR process that followed, her response of denying it, a co-worker I attempted to have confirm the occurrences, who completely denied any of it showing himself to be a complete coward, THERE IS JUST NO EQUAL SYMPATHY BETWEEN HOW THIS WOULD HAVE GONE DOWN HAD IT BEEN A WOMAN.
It blows my mind that in this day and age, equality and human rights are still just words on paper because in my time in the working world, I've been hit, slapped, kicked and my best option is to resign and risk losing my income because HR would rather riddle processes so much that it is exhausting to get anywhere. I had to approach my therapist to advise on the idea of cameras.
I clearly can't rely on the status quo being co-workers who have the integrity to say, 'assault is disgusting, no matter which gender it happens to, yes we will come forward and help'. Now you can all laugh at the spectacle of me getting emotional like this because the best I could think to do is tell the managers I'm not prepared to work on a job with her again. She mailed everyone in the office to turn them against me. i didn't tell a soul. I was discreet.
I came here for advice. I taking sleeping pills at night because I can't get the memories of co-workers hurting and hitting me this way out of my head and I can't go back and change it. And to know that I can't even change it when it happens in the present moment depresses me because it means that my human rights are dependent on my personality type being introverted so because I don't have the inclination or upbringing to have slapped her right back, I've got to carry this on my shoulders in silence. Especially since even when I ask for help, I'm going to have the finger pointed back at me anyway.
I just think that this is where co-workers all around the world end up killing themselves. No one listens. No one cares. No one lifts a hand. Everyone takes the easiest way out and then are so puzzled when they hear about the person who did away with themselves because they're just too stupid to make the connection. I refuse to be a victim so if no one will help me, I will help myself. I will work harder to ensure I don't have to stay in these situations.
I will try find a way to become a spokesperson whose rights are ignored in the workplace because I know that no one deserves to feel this way. The world has to move forward and we've got to become more emotionally intelligent and we've got to begin to support one another as workforces because I can tell you now, that I'm not the only victim here who walks away hurt. She walks away with secret guilt and a lower self-esteem and everyone loses in the end. Let's have each other's backs guys. We're all grinding together.