ERIC Number: ED348245
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1986-Dec
Reference Count: N/A
Sexual Harassment in Education.
Notes on Teaching and Learning, Dec 1986
In a recent BEST (Bureau of Evaluative Studies and Testing, Indiana University, Bloomington) survey, 10 percent of Indiana University women who responded had experienced some form of sexual harassment. Sexual harassment in education is any attention of a sexual nature from an instructor or professor which makes a student uncomfortable in class or in the teacher-student relationship, interferes with the student's ability to do classwork, or has an impact on grades received or opportunities for academic advancement. As an assertion of power, sexual harassment reinforces the notion that a woman who values her psychological and physical integrity must limit the range of her educational choices by staying out of non-traditional, male-dominated fields, and having her behavior conform to the stereotypical expectations of male authority figures. The impact of sexual harassment and sex discrimination is discussed, and methods of resolution, including counseling, are explored. In a related article, Nancy Brooks presents a summary of information on students and sexual assault. One in every three women will be assaulted during her lifetime. There are currently no statistics to document the number of sexual assaults on the seven Indiana University campuses, primarily because most go unreported to police departments. Suggestions for helping victims of sexual aggression are presented, as are the symptoms of Rape Trauma Syndrome, which occurs frequently in victims. Survival is not easy, but professional assistance can make the difference. Agencies that provide help are identified. (GEA)
Publication Type: Collected Works - Serials
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers; Students; Administrators; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: Indiana Univ., Bloomington. Teaching Resources Center.