ERIC Number: ED370855
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1993-Apr
Secrets in Public: Sexual Harassment in Public (and Private) Schools. Working Paper Series No. 256. Revised.
Stein, Nan D.
This document, part of the Wellesley College (Massachusetts) Center for Research on Women's working papers series, examines the issue of sexual harassment in education. The report explores a number of incidents in which female students have been the targets of unwanted sexual comments, advances, and assaults. Much of the school-based harassment is of a more public nature than other forms, because of the classroom setting. In some cases unwanted sexual advances reach the point of actual physical abuse. In recent years, the failure of school administrators to deal with student harassment and abuse complaints have led victims' families to pursue legal action. Such failures to act may appear surprising in the restrictive and closely censored environment of the school. The incidents of abuse suggest that schools may be breeding grounds for domestic violence and may teach girls to accept assault. The numbers of such reports should motivate school officials to become vigilant, to listen to and believe the girls, and to begin to see what is right in front of their eyes and ears. Twenty-nine endnotes are included. Contains 34 references. (SG)
Descriptors: Child Abuse, Educational Environment, Elementary Secondary Education, Females, Higher Education, Private Schools, Public Schools, Sex Bias, Sex Discrimination, Sexual Harassment, Teacher Student Relationship, Victims of Crime, Womens Education
Publications Department, Center for Research on Women, Wellesley College, Wellesley, MA 02181.
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers; Administrators; Policymakers; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: Wellesley Coll., MA. Center for Research on Women.